Every pool is different, and therefore requires a different maintenance regime. The following services will be required at varying frequencies depending on the size of the pool, the size of the filtration system, the amount of use the pool gets, and the amount of debris falling into the pool. As a rule of thumb, the average backyard pool will require the following:
Once per fortnight in summer, and once per month in winter
- The filter cleaned (backwashed for a sand filter , dismantled and hosed for a cartridge)
- The salt cell cleaned (if you do not have a self- cleaning chlorinator)
- The water tested by a professional, and the appropriate chemicals added to balance the water
- Check the filtration system for correct operation and any signs of leaks
Once per Week
- The skimmer and pump baskets cleaned
- The leaves skimmed from the pool surface
- Acid added to correct the pH (if you don’t have automated pH control)
- Vacuum the pool to remove dirt and debris
- Brush around the water line to remove any built up grime
Did you know?
- Chlorine is up to twenty times more effective if the pH of your pool is correct.
- 8 out of every ten water tests we perform in our stores have the incorrect pH
- The pH of a human eye has a pH of 7.4. The main cause of red eyes after swimming is the incorrect pH.
- One dog in the pool is equivalent to 20 people.
- Four people in a 2000L spa is the same as 200 people in a 50,000L pool. This is why spas need more filtering.
- When new sand goes in a filter it is irregularly shaped with small nooks and crannies which capture the fine particles from the water. After around five years of the sand rubbing against itself it wears smooth and doesn’t filter as well. This and the fact that fats and oils build up in the sand is the reason the sand should be changed every five years.
- Without stabilizer in the water, the chlorine is destroyed by sunlight in four hours.
- An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
- Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.