Summer is in full force here in Spring, Texas, and many pool owners are finding themselves in the water more and more often. However, in order to get the most out of your pool, it’s essential to keep up with maintenance this season. As Spring, Texas’ leading pool experts, Champions Pool Repair & Service understands just how important pool maintenance is, so we’ve laid out some tips to try this summer to keep your pool in great shape:
- Try Baking Soda
If you’re running short on pool chemicals, try using baking soda in a pinch. Baking soda can maintain the alkalinity of your pool without lowering the pH levels. As an additional bonus, baking soda has the same amount of sodium bicarbonate per pound as the chemicals sold in pool stores, so there aren’t any complicated conversions to figure out. Simply add the same amount of baking soda as you would with your pool store products. However, keep in mind that you should speak with your local pool company before switching any recommended chemicals in your pool.
- Use a Tennis Ball for Oils
Believe it or not, you can use a tennis ball for more than simply playing catch in your pool. However, tennis balls also work wonderfully at absorbing excess oil in the water. As swimmers spend time in your pool, oils from their sunscreen, skin, and hair can get left in the water. When this happens, simply throw a tennis ball into your pool. The fibers of the tennis ball will absorb oils as it floats around the pool, removing the sheen on the top of your water.
- Skim & Scrub
We all know that skimming the debris form the surface of your pool is essential to keep it clean, but it’s also just as important to make sure you’re doing it often enough. For a beautiful, clean pool, daily skimming is recommended. Along with skimming, scrubbing the sides of your pool is also necessary to prevent algae buildup. Fortunately, this isn’t a daily task, but scrubbing your pool should be done once every other week. Simply look for algae growth and use a scrub brush on any buildup you see. Sticking to a proper cleaning schedule will keep your pool looking at it’s best and keep your maintenance costs as low as possible.
- Maintain Your Water Level
The water level in your pool can fluctuate, like after a rainstorm or after an afternoon of splashing around. For a properly maintained pool, the water level needs to be halfway up the opening of your pool’s skimmer. Water levels that are too low can be fixed by using a garden hose to replace lost water. Water levels that are too high can be resolved by using a submergible pump to drain excess water. However, be sure to consult a professional before using the pump, as vinyl or fiberglass pool liners could become damaged from the added weight of the pump.
- Schedule a Yearly Service Visit
Scheduling a yearly service visit with a pool expert ensures your pool will be in great condition. While some pool maintenance tasks can be done yourself, a professional will have the proper knowledge and tools for any repairs needed on your pool’s mechanical equipment. Before your service visit, give your pool a quick inspection and look for any cracks, leaks, or anything else you feel should be mentioned to your serviceperson. This yearly visit will allow any small problems to be caught before they turn into large ones.
Your pool is your paradise during the summer. Use these easy tips to keep it in the best shape possible this summer. For professional pool services in Spring, Texas, give Champions Pool Repair & Service a call at (281) 355-8504.