Having a pool in your backyard will always be extremely enticing. It's all too easy to succumb to daydreams of throwing weekend parties, reviving your fitness routine with laps after work. Pool maintenance, however, is frequently overlooked when daydreaming about pool ownership. Pools that are not appropriately maintained may suffer from algae buildup, green water, and broken filters, to name a few. Moreover, no one wants to swim in an outdated pool.
Whether you've just installed your very first pool or have been a proud owner for years, these pool servicing on the Gold Coast tips will help you start your summer season off right.
Here are three biggest pool maintenance concerns for pool owners that you should implement immediately.
Make scrubbing and skimming a habit
Skimming leaves and debris from the water's surface is self-evident, but it bears repeating. Daily skimming is necessary to maintain a truly pristine pool. If you have some extra cash, consider purchasing a robot vacuum that will clean the pool's bottom for you. Along with skimming, you should scrub the pool's sides to prevent algae buildup. Fortunately, this does not have to be done as frequently. Scrubbing once every two weeks is sufficient. Simply keep an eye out for growths and scrub them away with a scrub brush to keep your siding looking new and clean. Fill it halfway with chlorine and leave it on the spot for a few hours before scrubbing again. The chlorine will degrade the algae, and you'll finally have a use for those unpaired socks.
Assume that the filter is the kidneys for your pool
Just as your kidneys constantly purify your blood, your pool's filter is responsible for purifying the water – think dirt, leaves, and even small toys. Generally, pool servicing on the Gold Coast involves:
• Turning off the filter.
• Removing the filter cap on the pool deck.
• Lifting out the filter basket.
• Removing debris before replacing everything.
Pool Gear Australia recommends cleaning your filter basket at least once a week. As part of your monthly maintenance, you will also need to backwash the filter system's pipes. Turn your filter back on, empty your leaf basket, and switch to "backwash" mode.
Chemical levels in pools must be consistent
Chemical balance is arguably the most critical aspect of pool servicing on the Gold Coast. If the pool's water is not balanced correctly, it appears murky, irritates the skin and eyes, and can create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. At the very least, you should test the water once a week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are five chemical levels to consider:
• Cyanuric Acid – Protects chlorine from the sun and establishes the required level of Free Chlorine. Good reading for outdoor pools is between 30 and 50.
• Free Chlorine – A disinfectant that keeps your pool water safe and germ-free.
• Acidity/Alkalinity – Also known as the PH level, acidity should be maintained between 7.5 and 7.8 to avoid irritation and prevent eroding pool equipment.
• Total Alkalinity – Assists in maintaining a balanced PH. Levels should be between 60 and 120.
• Calcium Hardness – Adequate levels aid in the prevention of plaster damage. Aim for a range of 220-350, but no more than 200 for pools with vinyl siding.
Owning a pool on the Gold Coast means choosing a pool service and repair team you can trust. No matter where on the Gold Coast you are located, Pool Gear Australia has you covered regardless of your location and have the best pool shop on the Gold Coast. Our expert team will ensure you receive the service and advice you deserve both in our shop and on the road.