As significant as summer swimming pool maintenance is, annual maintenance and off-season maintenance are definitely key to your pool’s longevity as well. Without proper winterizing, you may be quite disappointed next spring.
Scheduling an Annual Evaluation
Task: Even if you’d rather DIY most swimming pool maintenance rather than hiring a pool service, you owe it to your pool (and your pocketbook!) to hire this task out. Instead of waiting for problems to become obvious (and typically more costly to address), a professional swimming pool technician will have the knowledge to evaluate all mechanical equipment. From pumps and filters to heating systems, he or she should be able to notice potential problems before they get to be major ones. If you’ve noticed an unusual smell or sound or small leak, be sure to point those things out to your service technician too.
Timing: You should really only need to do this once a year, preferably in the fall.
Tools: All you need is your phone to call your local pool service!
Pressure-Washing Your Deck
Task: The state of the deck surrounding your pool will definitely affect your pool’s water quality; for that reason, deck maintenance relates directly to pool maintenance. Even with regularly wiping up spills, an annual deep clean is important to eliminate any weather stains or rust. Simply begin by sweeping away any dry debris. Then assemble your pressure washer and use a low spray setting to remove staining, layer-by-layer.
Be sure to overlap areas where you’ve already sprayed in order to avoid a streaky-looking result, and in order to prevent gouging the surface of the deck, be sure to keep the nozzle of the pressure washer at least 4 or 5 feet from your deck’s surface. When you’re finished, the surface should look noticeably cleaner and brighter.
Timing: You shouldn’t have to perform this task more than once a year. We recommend doing it in either the spring or fall.
Tools: You obviously need a pressure washer for this task. If you don’t own one or care to invest in one, you can always rent one from your local hardware store.
Winterizing Your Pool
Task: The purpose of winterizing is to prevent damage to your pool during the off-season, helping you to avoid the need for expensive repairs. The first step is to ensure pool chemicals are properly balanced. The second step is to blow any excess water from the plumbing lines. Third, cover your pool with a fitted winter cover in order to keep any debris out of your pool.
Timing: This should be done whenever you’re ready to say good-bye to your pool for the season.
Tools: Really, all you need for this would be your usual pool chemicals, as well as a quality solid or mesh swimming pool cover.
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