A new pool owner may find the task of maintaining their pool to be somewhat overwhelming, from filter cleaning to adding chemicals. However, you can cut down on the time spent on pool maintenance with a few simple tips and tricks, giving you more time to spend doing what you actually want to do – enjoying it! Perhaps some of these pool management tips are already known to you, but we predict that after reading this short post, you’ll probably learn at least one or two new ones.
Balance the Water Twice per Week
First, we advise balancing the water in your pool twice a week. Yes, we realize that sounds like more work than balancing it once a week, but hear us out: you’ll use less chemical to reestablish balance if you balance it more frequently. Contrarily, if you wait until the balance of the pool’s chemicals is noticeably off (for example, if you usually balance them once per week but forget one week), you’ll wind up spending more time and money on pool maintenance as a whole. And we’re rather certain that’s not what you want to do.
Eradicate Calcium Scaling the Easy Way
Second, when it comes to eradicating scaling, we advise using a common home item rather than one that is designed for pool owners. Calcium scaling on your pool walls can be naturally removed by using good, old-fashioned white vinegar. To use, simply dilute it with water and scrub. The scaling will stop immediately and start to fade. Once more, you’ve saved both time and money by choosing not to run to the pool store (because vinegar is very cheap).
Heat with a Solar Cover
Thirdly, use a solar cover. Regardless of the pool heating method you choose to generate your primary heat, we advise implementing this option as well. When your pool is not in use, you can significantly improve the heat retention of the water — we’re talking a 70% difference — by covering it with a solar cover. Not only will the water temperature increase, but you’ll also save time by skimming off leaves and other debris that would otherwise make their way to the water’s surface if you cover your pool when it’s not in use. Additionally, there is a third advantage: by covering your pool, you may minimize evaporation by 75%, making this method a double-whammy!
Run the Pool Filter on a Regular Schedule
Fourth, we strongly advise operating your pool filtration for at least 8 hours every 24 hours. You’ll gain from having less physical pool cleaning to do.
In order to power your filtration system and circulate the water, the filter needs to be running. This encourages chemical distribution. Many pool owners only consider activating their filtration system when they are actually in the pool swimming, but in the long term, they are not benefiting themselves by doing so. And speaking of that, did you know that the optimal time for your pool filter to operate is at night? You can reduce your power cost by carefully selecting the time you run the filter, because electric companies often charge less during off-peak times.
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