Swimming Pool Maintenance and Plans
Just like any other system in your home, your swimming pool requires regular upkeep and maintenance services to keep it working properly. Specifically, your pool has four main components that should always receive the proper pool maintenance from a professional pool company. The four major areas of pool maintenance include:
- Pool water
- Pool surface
- Pool filtration system
- Skimmers and returns
Due to our two decades of experience and training, we’re able to design and implement the best maintenance plan for your swimming pool that helps you keep your pool clean, safe, and healthy so you can enjoy it whenever the opportunity strikes.
Why is Pool Maintenance Important?
Regular pool maintenance is the easiest way to make sure your pool is clean and safe for anybody to enjoy. While it keeps things crystal clear, pool maintenance can also save you time and money by preventing future damage and extending the lifespan of your equipment.
- Protects Equipment – Routine maintenance not only reduces the burden on your pool’s equipment, but proper maintenance can extend its lifespan. This can save you major money on future service calls.
- Prevents Damage – While natural debris can seem non-threatening, ignored debris can help algae begin to develop. Any cracks on your pool walls can be subject to algae growth which in turn makes the crack wider allowing more water to leak through. This can cause extensive damage to your pool’s substructure.
- Keeps Water Clean – Your pool’s filter circulates the water and traps any smaller pieces of debris to keep your pool’s water clean, while the chlorine levels fight off bacteria. If your filter or pool chemicals are not maintained, your pool will become an unsafe place to swim.
What Happens When You Don't Keep Your Swimming Pool Properly Maintained?
If pool maintenance is ignored, your outdoor oasis can quickly turn into a backyard disaster. Not only will you run the chance of causing major damage to your pool’s plumbing and cleaning equipment, your pool will begin to turn green which can pose major health hazards to not only you and your family but your neighborhood and community as well.
Without the proper maintenance, dirty pools and other bodies of water can harbor all types of recreational water illnesses and become breeding grounds for pests like mosquitoes which spread other types of dangerous diseases.
Additionally, on things like ladders, steps, and general flooring, conditions can become very slippery and unsafe due to algae growth.
Pool Maintenance Areas of Focus
If you want to make sure your swimming pool is in the best condition, proper maintenance is an absolute must. To make things easier, America’s Swimming Pool Company offers customized services designed to tackle a variety of pool maintenance areas.
Pool Water Quality Monitoring
If your pool water is not monitored regularly and correctly, you may be running the risk of bacteria and algae growth. To give you peace of mind that your pool water quality is safe, we’ll provide weekly inspections and progress reports letting you know the quality of your pool and the progress of any treatments we’re working on. And if your pool ever needs something to balance out the pH levels, we’ll take care of it and let you know exactly what we did.
Whether you decided on an aggregate, plaster, or tile finish, it must receive the proper maintenance just like the rest of your pool. While proper brushing of the pool’s floor, walls, and stairs a few times a month may seem like enough, weekly skimming and scrubbing are necessary to keep things looking like new.
The team will perform the pool finish services you need to extend the life of your pool. This also includes routine chemical inspections and balancing to prevent damage to your finish. Upon our inspection and cleaning, we’ll let you know if we spot any signs of concerns such as loose tiles, cracked plaster, or developing leaks. We’ll help with the repair too.
Pool Filter System
The filter system in your pool is crucial to your overall enjoyment of your space. Without a properly working filter, your pool is subject to algae growth, color change, pump clogging, as well as major damage to the rest of your pool equipment.
Regular inspection and cleaning of your pool’s filter, as well as regular filter replacements, are some of the best things you can do to protect your pool filter and extend its lifespan.
Pool Skimmers and Returns
From insects and twigs to leaves and dirt, your pool is subject to just about any type of debris that gets caught in the wind. When it comes to keeping your pool clean, skimmers and returns can be your best friend! Pool skimmers pull water through a filter for cleaning and then the returns push the clean water back into your pool.
Not only do pool skimmers provide a way to continually circulate your pool’s water, but they are also great at capturing debris before it sinks and becomes harder to clean. Our team specializes in maintaining all makes and models of pool skimmers and returns to make pool maintenance even easier.
Equipment and Inventory Management
Maintaining your swimming pool is much more than just checking the pool’s chlorine levels and clearing away leaves. While they’re important maintenance tasks, so is your pool’s equipment and inventory management.
Lucky for you, our team has the experience, knowledge, and organizational skills needed to ensure your space is organized correctly and supplies with everything you and our team need to keep your pool in check. Rest assured, whether you’re low on a certain chemical or need a brush replaced, we’ll handle it with ease.
Whether you’re in the process of buying a home or just inherited a new space with a pool, it’s important to have it inspected by a team of professionals. Since home inspectors are not always certified in inspecting pools, turn ASP when you need quality pool inspections.
Some of the things we inspect include:
- Return lines
- Lights in the pool
- Diving board
- Water slide
- Fencing around pool
When you request our pool inspection services, we’ll use our decades of experience in pool maintenance and construction to deliver a thorough report on the quality of the pool in question. From identifying how efficient the pool is running to identifying any pool defects we found, you’ll be able to make your next decision with confidence.
Green to Clean Services
Has your pool transformed into something more similar to a swamp? Whether it’s green, black, yellow, brown, or even pink, your pool is likely contaminated with algae and other bacteria and should be cleaned as soon as possible.
Our Green to Clean service option is the best way to clean your green pool. This is a three to five day process in which a certified pool technician will scoop and rid of any debris in your pool, kill the algae and bacteria that have formed by shocking the pool, and restore it to its former condition.
Maintaining My Swimming Pool on My Own VS Professional Maintenance
If you’re looking for a way to maintain your home’s swimming pool, you may be considering going the do-it-yourself route. While completing it on your own is absolutely a possibility, it’s usually not recommended due to how important pool maintenance is to the quality of your pool. DIY maintenance may save you money upfront, but it tends to lead to a pool that deals with more frequent issues, service calls, and pricey repairs down the line.
Some benefits of professional pool maintenance include:
- Guaranteed Results – When you complete pool maintenance on your own, the results are your responsibility. But when the services are provided and backed by a team of professionals, you’ll have a guarantee that things will work out in your favor.
- Save Time – Professional pool technicians deal with pools all day every day, so there’s no question why they’re capable of performing any inspection and maintenance services in a quarter of the time of the average pool owner. Going professional can save you hours every week.
- No More Guesswork – Without doing the proper research, you can deal major irreversible damage to your pool. For example, the wrong amount of chemicals can damage your pool’s lining and even cause health hazards. Take the guesswork out of pool chemicals by turning to the professionals!
How Often Should I Have My Pool Maintained?
While the frequency of pool cleaning relies on a couple of key factors like the size of your pool and how often it's used, our team recommends having professional pool maintenance completely at a minimum once a week. This helps keep the pool surfaces clean and the other uncontracted, free of harmful bacteria and algae growth.
Pool Maintenance Costs
On average, professional pool maintenance will cost you anywhere from $120 to $300 a month. Of course, this price depends on a variety of factors that are unique to your swimming pool and situation.
Factors that can affect the cost of your monthly pool maintenance include:
- Size of your pool
- Frequency of maintenance
- Weather-related services
- Location of pool
- Type of pool (chlorine, saltwater, etc.)
- Number of tasks needed
- Repairs that are needed
- Amount of labor needed
Your monthly pool maintenance cost will usually cover the full maintenance of your pool including a focus on the water, pool surface, filtration system, and any skimmers or returns you have installed. This is the best way to keep every part of your pool, hot tub, and spa in the best condition possible for all the swimmers in your home.
Customizable Maintenance Plans That Fit Your Needs
When you turn to America’s Swimming Pool Company, you can rest easy knowing that all of the pool maintenance services you receive are competitively priced and customized to fit your pool and specific needs.
We even offer a flat-rate pricing structure, so your bill stays the same all year round regardless of the amounts of supplies needed during the service. Our team will create a custom maintenance plan for your swimming pool that combines a variety of tasks, including:
- Pool opening
- Pump and heater maintenance
- Pool shocking
- Filter cleaning
- Drain cleaning
- Drain and clean
- Acid wash
- Chlorine wash
- pH balance checks
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Pool Maintenance FAQs
As pool professionals, we’ve seen our fair share of swimming pools and have answered our fair share of questions too! Here are some answers to some of the most common questions we get asked about pool maintenance:
How Do I Keep My Pool Crystal Clear?
The key to keeping your pool crystal clear all summer long is remembering the three C’s of pool care:
- Circulation – Water must be circulating via the pump, filtration system, skimmers, and other water features constantly to ensure any debris is filtered out and the water does not go stagnant.
- Cleaning – Regular brushing of the walls, steps, ladders, and other low circulation areas is a must, along with skimming off the top of the surface to collect fallen foliage. Vacuuming is also important to collect any debris that has sunk. Using an automatic cleaner makes this even easier.
- Chemistry – Testing your water weekly is key to keeping the pH and chlorine levels balanced. If things aren’t balanced, you may begin to develop algae or subject yourself to dangerous chlorine levels. Depending on your situation, a chlorine shock may be needed to sanitize and get the water back to normal levels.
Having our team develop and implement a customized swimming pool maintenance plan can be the best way to ensure your pool is ready and able to be enjoyed all season long!
How Often Should I Put Chlorine in The Pool?
Without knowing the specifics of your pool, it’s quite impossible to give an exact answer of how often or how much chlorine you should be using. The ideal chlorine level for your pool should be between 1 and 1.5 ppm. If things aren’t at the right level, you may need a chlorine shock or to add a chlorine neutralizing chemical to get things back to normal.
After this, it’s important to keep your pool at optimal chlorine levels via chlorine tablets. You can determine the exact amount and frequency of chlorine needed by the volume of water, frequency of use, and the number of hours the pool spends in direct sunlight. Our team can take care of all of this for you!
Is It Better to Run a Pool Pump at Night or Day?
It is always best to run your pool pump during the day, specifically at the hottest time of the day. This is because the sun eats away at your chlorine, so running things during the day gives the chlorine a chance to do its job instead of standing in a still pool being depleted by the sun. If you have people in the pool during the day, running the pump can suck up any foliage brought in and filter out sunscreen residue and other bacteria.
What Happens If You Don't Backwash Your Pool?
It’s important to backwash your pool about once a week unless otherwise directed by a professional pool technician. A backwash plays an important role in your pool’s cleanliness and sanitization by reversing the flow of the filter and flushing out the water lines. If you ignore this maintenance task, the flow of your system will go down, the pressure will be reduced, and in some cases, the water filter can explode causing major damage to your equipment and possible bodily harm.
Reach Out to Our Pool Maintenance Professionals Today!
Our professional pool experts make cleaning maintenance an easy process. Our pool technicians are highly skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced in all types of pool services, so we can identify pool issues before they become costly repairs. You can rest assured that your pool will be ready for summer fun when our team handles your routine pool maintenance. Reach out to our team today for a free pool inspection.
*The pool maintenance services offered by America’s Swimming Pool Company vary by location. Be sure to consult with your local ASP location to view their current pool service offerings.