Swimming Pool Maintenance 101 To Cover Or Not To Cover

Swimming Pool Maintenance 101 To Cover Or Not To Cover

Before I owned a​ pool I always thought that pool maintenance was going to​ be a​ real pain​ and​ troublesome. I had heard many horror stories from friends and​ acquaintances about all the problems they had in​ keeping their pools clean and​ balanced

Well, I was pleasantly surprised to​ find out that after our inground pool was installed, that maintenance of​ it​ really wasn't a​ problem. How did I achieve this? I don't know -- but this​ is​ what I do.

First we never invested in​ a​ pool cover. Since we live in​ SC we have a​ few months of​ 'cold' temperatures but the remainder of​ the winter isn't too bad. We don't swim much from October to​ March but we don't cover it​ either. We simply leave the pump and​ filter running. if​ the temperature drops below about 40 deg F, the pump automatically comes on​ to​ keep things from freezing. So, the first thing we don't have to​ do is​ to​ cover the pool.

By not covering the pool, you​ save hundreds of​ dollars by not having to​ buy a​ pool cover every couple of​ years. But, in​ the long run, you​ might potentially pay more for​ electricity to​ run the pump all year than a​ new cover would have cost.

By not covering the pool you​ also save the hassle of​ 'opening the pool' every spring. First, you​ don't have to​ mess with the debris of​ leaves and​ the murky water that accumulates on​ the top of​ the cover. (on​ the flip side, if​ you​ do cover the pool, do yourself a​ favor and​ skim the debris off the cover every so often.)

To combat the problem of​ debris (in​ an​ uncovered pool), we have a​ Polaris automatic pool cleaner which runs at​ least 2 to​ 3 hours a​ day. this​ keeps the pool clean of​ leaves, worms, bugs, and​ other similar yuck.

By not covering the pool but running the pump all winter long, you​ don't have to​ contend with the stagnant green algae infested water that develops when it​ sits idle for​ months at​ a​ time. Thankfully this​ is​ not a​ problem when you​ run the pump throughout the winter.

By not covering the pool, you​ can take a​ quick dip anytime you​ please since the water is​ always pretty darn clean. While few people would ever take a​ quick dip in​ the winter, the point here is​ that the cleanliness and​ clarity of​ the pool stays so good that you​ could swim
in​ it, but more importantly, getting it​ balanced is​ as​ simple as​ taking a​ sample to​ be tested and​ learning what chemicals to​ add. in​ other words you​ can be swimming in​ a​ day without any serious effort or​ exhaustion.

The only other things that I do are 1.) Keep the chlorine reservoir full (or nearly full) with chlorine sticks and​ 2.) Clean the Polaris and​ filter trap every week. 3.) Watch the water level. if​ it​ gets too high, the skimmer does not work properly

Please keep in​ mind that we live in​ South Carolina. this​ type of​ pool care may not be appropriate for​ much colder climates. if​ you​ live in​ the north and​ have an​ inground pool, please contact your​ local pool company and​ they will be able to​ recommend something appropriate for​ your​ colder climate.

To read about the next steps I take in​ getting the pool ready please go to​ www.keepyourpoolclean.com/Swimming_Pool_Covers_.html

Swimming Pool Maintenance 101 To Cover Or Not To Cover

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