Angie’s List: How to Properly Maintain Your Pool

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There’s nothing like a dip in the pool on a hot summer day. Maintaining your chemical levels is the key to making sure your pool is ready when you are.

Nearly 9 million Americans use backyard swimming pools as the centerpiece of their summertime fun, but sickly green water that burns your eyes is no fun at all.

"Customers don’t realize how important the PH is, your alkalinity, and your chlorine levels in your swimming pool for your sanitizers because chlorine will not work properly unless the PH is right between a 7-2 and 7-6," said pool cleaner Elden Foltz.

John Willey maintains his own pool, but says it can be complicated – and costly – if you don’t take the time to educate yourself.

"I would certainly recommend taking a class, making sure that you understand the functionality of not only the equipment, but more importantly the chemical and the chemical balance of the pool and how it should be maintained on a regular basis," said pool owner John Willey.

Regular chores include skimming daily, vacuuming weekly and scrubbing down the walls as often as needed.

“It’s very important to brush your swimming pool. It helps prevent any problems, especially algae that’s growing on the walls. You can get it before it actually goes on there," said Foltz.

Covering your pool is also a great idea, especially if you have small children or pets.

“Many people think about their pool cover as a safety issue, but it can actually help you maintain your pool better. By keeping your pool covered, it can keep your pool temperature from dropping at night. Additionally, it can reduce the evaporation from the pool, which can extend the life of the chemicals," said Angie Hicks.

There are different types of pool covers, so Angie says to research the options before you buy. And if you hire a pool service for regular maintenance, she recommends getting a detailed list of services performed and chemicals added on each visit so you know exactly how it’s being maintained.