Did you know that nearly 23 million Americans have a pool or hot tub? If you are among this increasing statistic, you likely already know that your pool purchase is a major investment. Now, it’s important to know how to make the best of it.
If you’re not sure where to begin, we’re here to outline the best do’s and don’ts every pool owner must know.
Let’s get into it!
Pool Owner Dos
Drowning is a terrifying and serious problem, with approximately ten drowning deaths occurring each day.
While swimming pools can be leisurely, relaxing, and designed for lounging, they can also be incredibly dangerous and even lethal.
Maintaining safety is your responsibility. Make sure you consider fencing and barriers, especially if you have children or pets at home. Some laws mandate this, so be sure to check your county’s rules and regulations.
The best rule of thumb? Always consider who’s coming into your pool. Everyone who enters should know how to adequately swim. As a pool owner, you must make this rule non-negotiable and enforce it as needed.
Figure Out Sun Vs. Shade
Whether you love soaking up the sun or you hate getting too hot, it’s important to consider pool coverings. These have both aesthetic and functional purposes.
Additionally, you need to figure out your landscaping options (i.e: trees or tarps) or if you just want the pool uncovered (which will naturally help keep the pool water warm).
There are pros and cons to each decision (for instance, trees may involve significantly more cleaning and maintenance), but it’s key to consider your vision and needs.
Take Your Pool Measurements Regularly
It’s important to routinely test your pool using the following tests:
- Free chlorine and pH on a daily basis during the swimming season
- Chlorine stabilizer levels once per month
- Total alkalinity level once per month
- Pool salinity level once per month, if salt chlorination is installed
- Calcium hardness once per month
This will help keep the water balanced, protecting your investment and keeping the pool enjoyable for your family and guests.
Pool Owner Don’ts
Don’t Just Jump In
Even if it’s the first day of summer and you’re antsy to cool off, don’t just cannonball right into the water. After any lapse from using the pool, it’s vital to check your filters for proper circulation and clear away any accumulated debris. This is key to the overall maintenance of your pool and protects your health. It also makes your pool look significantly better.
Don’t Go At It Alone
Pool cleaning can be a complicated and time-consuming process for a new pool owner. Consider outsourcing the job to licensed professionals (to free up your time to swim, of course).
Weekly pool maintenance and troubleshooting typically consist of comprehensive equipment, specialty care, and cleaning.
We’ll be honest here: if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to make costly mistakes and drive yourself crazy. When in doubt, consider using a pro!
Owning a pool can be a fun and enjoyable experience. Taking care of it is key to getting the most out of your pool or hot tub.
If you’re in the Riverside and San Bernardino County area, we’re happy to answer any question or concerns you may have about maintaining the jewel of your backyard.
Ready to move forward? Contact us today!