If you don’t maintain your car properly, it can break down, costing you thousands in repairs and obliterating its resale value. Plus, it won’t be fun to drive.
Similarly, if you don’t properly maintain your pool, you could have expensive damage on your hands. A damaged pool won’t do any favours to your home’s resale value, and you and your family won’t be able to enjoy it – which was the whole point of getting a pool from the start!
Maintaining your pool is quite simple and only takes a few minutes a week. Left neglected, here’s what could be in store for your backyard gem.
Rust and corrosion
Once a month, any metal parts on your pool should be treated in order to avoid rust and corrosion. The chemical solution for this purpose is available at a store that supplies pool chemicals.
For information on cleaning your pool’s metal accessories, refer to our Owner’s Manual.
New rust and small stains can usually be cleaned off of metal parts. However, longer-term or more serious corrosion represents damage that can only be undone by replacing the part, which is usually expensive.
Chipping, etching and staining
These three types of damage are most likely to occur to the surfaces of your pool when your water’s chemistry is unbalanced. Improper chemistry in your pool affects the pool’s finish, which can deteriorate when the conditions are not to par.
Etching will occur when the pool’s chemistry is off and an object causes a minor scrape or scratch against the pool’s bottom or inside edge. Normally, your pool’s finish will resist such contact; however, with unbalanced chemistry, the finish can be compromised and will be damaged.
Refinishing a pool is very expensive. Avoid costly repairs by checking your water’s chemistry weekly, in accordance with the instructions on your test kit and in our Owner’s Manual.
Algae forms when dirt is allowed to stay in your pool for an extended period, and when the chemistry is not correct. These conditions allow organisms to grow under the water, on your pool’s surfaces.
Algae can cause serious damage to your pool’s finish, and may worsen your pool’s chemistry, making swimming unsafe.
Luckily, it is easy to avoid algae from growing in your pool.
Vacuuming weekly and ensuring your pool’s chemistry matches the specifications in your test kit are simple steps that will keep organisms from growing where you should be swimming.
Another expensive endeavour for your pool is replacing the pool equipment and accessories, used to clean the pool. These include:
- pool vacuum
- pool brush
- pool net
- pool cover
The simplest way to protect these items from damage is to store them in a dry area, away from the sun and the elements. Hoses should be rolled and stored off the floor, nets and other telescopic poles should be wall-mounted with hooks.
Your pump and filter should only be used according to the instructions that were provided when these machines were installed.
Your pool cover, meanwhile, should always be kept clean and stored properly when not in use.