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7 Common Mistakes in Pool Care

7 Common Mistakes in Pool Care

7 Common Mistakes in Pool Care

It is not common for pool owners to purposefully do things that would endanger their pool. Most people who carry out pool renovation in Orlando take their pool care very seriously and try their best to provide it with proper maintenance. The problem is, in a bid to take better care of their beloved pools, they could be doing it more harm than good.

There exists a lot of mistakes pool owners make without even realizing it. Which is why we had to put together a list of 7 of the most common of these mistakes. It is time for you to know what to avoid doing to your pool for it to serve you better.


1. Ignoring low pH level

After testing your pool’s pH level and finding out that it is relatively low, you might feel the need to not take action. This is because algae find it rather difficult to grow in water with low pH level, as a result of the acidic nature of such water. Another reason why you might ignore this is that the water still looks very clear. Unknown to you, the low pH level water is actually causing long term damage to your equipment. Your vinyl liner, pool filter, pump, automatic cleaner and chemical feeders are not safe when you have an acidic pool.

Always make sure the pH level of your pool water is balanced by running regular checks on it.

2. Applying pool shock through skimmer

Pool shock is basically calcium hypochlorite and when this chemical is unwittingly combined with chlorine, it produces a deadly and explosive gas. For pool owners who have automatic chlorinators attached to their filter system, if you pour the shock directly into the skimmer, the chemical in the shock would mix with the chlorine and cause your chlorinator to go boom!

A good way to keep you and your family safe from exploding chlorinators is to pre-dissolve the shock before applying it directly to the pool rather than through the skimmer.

3. Shocking during the day

Most pool owners know that it is important to shock your pool at least once in a week. One information that is not as common is that shocking your pool during the day can be quite ineffective. This is because shock is basically un-stabilized chlorine which can be easily burnt off by sunlight. This poses a problem as some of the chemical particles are lost before they can do their job on the pool water.

If you want to get the most effective shock treatment, it is recommended you shock your pool at night or dusk.

4. Adding shock directly into pool

Shock is made up of mostly chlorine, which is a powerful bleaching agent. When you add shock directly to your pool, the granules will sink to the bottom and in most cases come in contact with your vinyl liner. The chlorine then bleaches the liner and the surrounding area, causing them to become frail and brittle.

To avoid this problem, you should never apply your shock directly to the pool water. Instead, pre-dissolving it in a bucket of water is a better and safer method. This process involves a certain degree of caution. Wear protective glasses so as to protect your eyes from direct contact with the steam that would be expelled from the solution. Another thing you need to do is to never pour water to the chemical but instead pour the chemical into a bucket of water slowly.

5. Not brushing pool

When asked what the best method of pool cleaning is, most would say vacuuming does the job better than most. This is a valid assumption, but there is one detail a lot of pool owners overlook. Brushing your pool immediately after vacuuming is a very efficient practice. Vacuuming without brushing may lead to the unseen growth of things like algae in corners and crevasses of your pool.

To avoid any unforeseen outbreak, it is recommended you brush all nooks and crannies of your swimming pool including the spaces behind ladders, water line, steps and stairs.

6. Neglecting weekly pool tests

You might have you pool looking clear, clean and fresh this week, but the next week the entire area is green and dirty. This is proof that a lot can happen in a week. Neglecting weekly pool tests could have you spending a lot more than you would want to in order to remedy the problems that could arise.

Be sure to have your pool water tested and analyzed at least once in a week. Neglecting important pool tests is the first step toward having an unhealthy pool.

7. Not running your filter system long enough

Most pool owners become confused when it comes to making a solid decision on how long they should have the filter system running. The reality is that this decision depends on the size and condition of the pool in question. This is why experts have evaluated the general length of time needed to filter most pools.

In order to maintain a clean and healthy pool, filtering should be carried out at least 8 hours every day. For pools that tend to accumulate a lot of dirt, you could put in a couple more hours of daily filtering.

With these bits of useful information, you are on your way to having that perfect swimming pool you and your family can be proud of. Get further assistance with taking care of your pool from the company that is the best when it comes to pool renovation in Orlando, All Phase Pool Remodeling Inc.. Visit http://allphasepoolremodeling.com more information.