Regular Maintenance For Pools

The key to using less water, energy and chemicals

Maintaining a 12-month water management program is vital to maintaining a pool’s health and is the key to using less water and energy and fewer chemicals. Pool maintenance varies greatly through the seasons and is also dependent on climate. But for all pool owners, there are a number of key steps you need to take to ensure you keep your pool in tip top condition.

By following a regular maintenance program – either by doing it yourself or by engaging a licensed pool maintenance company – you will save both time and money, and make the most of your very special asset.

1. Circulate the water

Pool water must be circulated for the chemicals to work properly and to avoid bacteria and algae taking hold. Circulate for at least 12 hours each day during the swimming season. During the off-season, filter for at least six hours each day. The best time to circulate the water is during the day.

2. Check your equipment

Maintaining your pool equipment and using it properly will ensure your swim season runs smoothly. Anything that moves needs servicing and a preventative maintenance program is the best approach in the long run.

One of your most important pieces of equipment is the filter. It removes both visible debris and most microscopic matter. When material gets trapped on or in the filter, remove it by backwashing (check your manufacturer’s guidelines on backwashing). Filters also need to be chemically cleaned regularly to remove oils, scale and deeply embedded debris.

3. Brush and vacuum

All swimming pools have areas with little or no circulation. To prevent algae and bacteria from growing, the walls and floor should be brushed and vacuumed at least once a week. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or regular service person.

4. Test and balance the water

Testing your pool water and ensuring it is safe to swim in is a vital part of managing a pool. The frequency of testing will vary for individual pool environments and bather loads, but should be undertaken at least once per week. Testing frequency should increase as required, based on usage and weather conditions.

It’s important to monitor the pH balance and chlorine levels regularly, not only to ensure the water is safe, but also to keep the water aesthetically pleasing. If you leave pool water untreated it could cause bacteria, viruses, algae and other organisms to develop in the water. The water will also become cloudy and affect the skin and eyes of swimmers.

Take a sample of water to your local SPASA pool shop every month for a complete water analysis. It’s free and greatly reduces potential problems.

5. Use the right products

The proper use of chemicals is essential for the longevity of the swimming season and for the health of users. You need to apply the right products, in the right order, to your pool water at the right time. Incorrect chemical levels can seriously damage your pool equipment and surfaces, shortening their lifespan.

To ensure your pool or spa is given the correct doses of chemicals, it is important to establish its size. Finding the size (volume) is a simple matter of getting the area of the surface of the pool or spa and then multiplying that by the average depth. To help you calculate the volume of your pool or spa and give your local SPASA pool shop all the information to make the appropriate recommendations, complete this form and take it with you.

Your local SPASA pool shop can set up a personalised maintenance program based on your needs.

Regular maintenance cycles

Getting a pool or spa water test at your local SPASA pool shop, or from one of our service technicians, means that the results will be tracked to collate a history of requirements for your water. However, you may still need to keep your own logbook if professional pool testing is undertaken less frequently than every week.

Your logbook should indicate:

  • Date and time of test
  • Parameters tested
  • Results of tests
  • Action taken
  • Any additional relevant notes

Use this Inspection Sheet to log your water test results to identify any trends.

Balancing your water

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