Swimming Pool Maintenance 101

We hate to admit it, but we all know that owning a swimming pool isn't always fun and games. In fact, owning a pool is bound to take a lot of hard work and dedication.

It's always best to invest in top-quality pool installation and maintenance to avoid as many problems as possible. Not only does a pool need a good filtration system or high-performing pump, but it requires precise care and attention for it to function optimally. That's where pool equipment and pool chemicals come in.

The Palm Beach Pool Doctor proudly provides comprehensive pool maintenance services that take the stress off your shoulders. And, if you're set on handling certain aspects of the upkeep yourself, we will equip you with all the necessary tools and products.

Our online shop is chock-full of everything you need to maintain a pool correctly. Feel free to look through our catalog after reading this article. If you happen to have any questions or concerns about where to start, get in touch with us and speak with an expert.

Here is a quick breakdown of the basics of pool maintenance.

Pool Chemicals for Balanced Water Chemistry

No one wants to swim in a pool that has too much chlorine in it or isn't the right color. Plus, this can even be hazardous for your health.

Since it's extremely inconvenient to drain and refill your pool every time something is off, you need to have the right pool chemicals handy to purify the water. And you should have some knowledge of how to use these specific products. It's essential to master your pool chemistry or hire a qualified professional-like us-instead.

Step 1: Test the Water

With a trusted test kit, start by assessing the water balance of your pool. Dip a test strip into the water and compare the resulting color to the chart that comes with your kit. Typically, your swimming pool should have a pH balance between 7.2 and 7.6. Add a pH decreasing or pH increasing agent as needed.

Step 2: Check the Sanitizer Levels

Whether it's chlorine, salt, or bromine, assess the sanitizer levels. If they're too high, don't worry-the sun will take care of it. If they're too low, add in some sanitizer. It's as simple as that.

Step 3: Shock the Water and Add Algaecide

To destroy contaminants and remove residue from your pool, you must shock your water regularly. Invest in a top-quality algaecide like AlgaeTech - Easy Care Algae Remover. Use it weekly to ensure that your water quality is always at its best.

Pool Chemical Safety Tips

Pool chemicals come in handy to solve all kinds of water problems, but they can also be dangerous to both humans and animals alike. It's crucial to handle them with caution and always pay attention to what you're doing. Certain chemicals can cause rashes and skin irritations while others are especially hazardous if ingested.

Before you attempt to balance your pool's water chemistry, be sure to read product labels and warnings. What's more, you should always adhere to the following standard safety precautions:

  • Keep all pool chemicals out of the reach of children and animals.
  • Always wear safety goggles and rubber gloves as most pool chemicals can irritate your skin and eyes if they are in direct contact. If you come in contact with the chemicals, rinse the affected area with cold water for approximately 15 minutes, and contact a health professional.
  • Use only clean measuring equipment for chemicals and rinse after using.
  • Never allow dry chlorine to become damp or wet. Add chemicals to the water. Don't add water to chemicals.
  • Keep pool chemicals far away from open flames.
  • Always store the product according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Pool Equipment for Clean Water

Be honest. Are you prepared to keep your pool the cleanest it can be? If the answer is yes, then you should expect to tend to it on a regular basis, and you'll need all the following pool equipment to get the job done right.

Step 1: Skim the Water

Using a pool skimmer, you'll first need to skim the surface of the pool to collect any leaves and debris. Make sure to cover the pool's entire surface from top to bottom as best as you can. To do so, you can look through the different nets and poles available in our shop. We have a wide variety of pole lengths, allowing you to reach near and far. We also have a broad selection of nets in all shapes and sizes.

Step 2: Brush the Walls

This step is often overlooked, as it's probably the most challenging part of the pool cleaning process. We want to make brushing the walls of your basin as simple as possible, and that's why we offer various high-quality brushes to choose from.

The bristles on the A&B Algae Brush are perfect for removing tough algae, while others like the A&B - 3ft Nylon Wall Brush allow you to cover more ground at once. Again, we offer many different poles to attach to your brushes so that you can be comfortable working in both the shallow end and the deep end.

Step 3: Vacuum All Surfaces

Finally, the final step involves picking up what's left at the bottom of your pool. Thanks to our cutting-edge vacuum technology, you can now pick up all the nitty and gritty pieces.

Not sure which system is best for your needs? Give us a call, and we'll be glad to give you our professional recommendations.

Contact The Palm Beach Pool Doctor for More Pool Maintenance Tips

Browse our web store for all your pool maintenance needs. If you're still not clear on what chemicals and equipment you need to maintain pool health, contact The Palm Beach Pool Doctor today. We'll be sure to guide you in the right direction. Plus, if you're hoping to outsource pool upkeep entirely, we're happy to take over at any time. Reach to us to request a service quote!

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