Having a pool designed around your own specific wants and needs from a custom pool builder in Houston is a rewarding investment. However, it also requires a significant amount of time to maintain properly so that your investment does not deteriorate due to poor maintenance.
Keeping a proactive mindset about your maintenance and performing maintenance tasks at regular intervals will keep your custom built pool looking fresh and clean year-round. When you maintain a pool properly the water stays clean which maximizes the life of the filtration system, the pumps and the pool surface itself.
If you aren’t sure what a proper maintenance routine should consist of or how often to perform maintenance tasks, just follow this simple guide and your pool will last for years to come; providing enjoyment for you, your family, and your friends.
4 Maintenance Tasks That Will Ensure A Clean Pool
Empty The Skimmer Weekly
When a custom pool builder in Houston finishes your pool, they usually make it a point to advise you about emptying the pool skimmer regularly among other tasks. The reason for the pool skimmer is to extract debris from the top surface of the water so it doesn’t settle at the bottom of your pool—this will cause sediment build up as well as many other problems such as algae. If you don’t clean out the pool skimmer regularly; at least once a week, it becomes clogged and will no longer function as intended. A clean water surface is the first step to a clean and well-maintained pool and that’s why it is so heavily emphasized that your skimmer should be emptied often.
Keep The pH Level Stable
The pH level in your pool is the health indicator of your water and it should always be between 7.2 and 7.8. The lower on that range the better as that means your water requires less chlorine at this pH level. Chlorine is great at keeping water clean but it only works with proper pH levels. If the level is too high, chlorine becomes less effective and you end up with cloudy, dirty water and over time that could lead up to having to empty the pool and refill with fresh water. That is a very costly mistake you don’t want to make.
Maintain The Right Water Level
When your custom pool builder in Houston wraps up the owner education part of the post-build phase, the water level is a subject that is often emphasized as well. It is very important because if your water is not at the right level it can severely impact how the pool systems function. If the level is too low you risk causing your pumps and filtration systems to burn up. On the flip side, if it is too high, the skimmer can’t properly catch and extract debris from the surface. Either way, you must maintain the level indicated to you by the builder who designed your pool. Water levels change often due to evaporation and heat, so it is a good idea to check the levels weekly. You can also invest in an automatic pool leveler to avoid constant water level checks.
Check/Clean The Filter
Your filter is an essential part of your pools system and the regulator of cleanliness. It works in tandem with your skimmer to keep the water clean and clear of dirt and debris. If you have good equipment, the filter only needs to be cleaned about 4 times a year and maybe after a heavy storm. If your equipment is old and worn or basic level then you may need to check it and change it more frequently.
The Role That Good Water Circulation Plays
While those maintenance tips are a major part of a well-balanced pool care plan, it is only half of the formula. The trick to a clean pool begins with clean and healthy water; in order to get that you must learn the science of proper air circulation and flow. Improper flow and circulation can lead to low-quality water and as any custom pool builder in Houston will tell you—that can lead to some serious pool problems. Air circulation, when instituted properly is an effective way to maintain a high level of water quality and there are many benefits to quality circulation in your pool.
Controls Water Odor
Water is life; think about it. It contains many organisms which in stagnant, still water allows microorganisms to leech on to them. For example, mosquitos in Houston love stagnant, still water and latch on to it to lay their eggs. That is why after a flood there is usually a rise in mosquito populations. When water is moving properly, aka; circulating, insects stay away.
Stagnant water also allows sludge buildup to accumulate in your pool; everything from dead skin, urine, sweat, bodily oils and more. When you sanitize the pool, disinfectants need good and constant circulation to eject this sludge out of the pool. If you have little to no circulation the sludge gathers and forms nasty deposits on the pool and in the pump as well. This results in a foul and noticeable odor that is most unpleasant.
When you have good circulation; this buildup is not an issue and your water will have no odor and also be healthy for you and your guests.
That concoction of sludge and chemical cleaning agents can cause a nasty odor on your pool. With improved circulation, that will not be a problem. You can effectively remove all the materials that can produce a bad smell.
Improves Water Quality
Cleaning the pool regularly with disinfectant is a routine pool maintenance task as we already mentioned. If you do not have proper circulation, the pool will be treated unequally with some parts being cleaned and others not. In the “dead” areas of the pool you need to help the circulation; such as below skimmers and ladders, you can brush these areas often to break up any buildup.
Without proper circulation, water is a perfect habitat for numerous water-borne bacteria, germs and other organisms that can wreak havoc. With proper circulation, the sediment that gives these organisms food is whisked out of the pool. Since the organisms cannot live in your pool without a food source it renders your water clean and you can enjoy the non-contaminated water.
Reduces Utility Bills
Any custom pool builder in Houston will testify to the fact that low-quality water can really do some damage to a beautiful pool. Even the most expensive equipment can be ruined by something as seemingly harmless as water. Poor water quality can allow mold and algae to proliferate and bloom out of control; removal if this happens, requires a professional to do the extensive cleanup—and it gets costly.
Because the water is not circulating properly it gets dirty much easier and stays dirty unless you load it with chemicals; more chemicals than you normally would, so you end up increasing costs of supplies as well.
Also, make sure to get in the habit of proper usage of your pool system such as facing at least one of your jets downward so that the return jets create a circular water flow.
Want To Make Your Pool Maintenance Easier?
While Mitchell Custom Pools loves to educate our customers on how to maintain their custom built pools in Houston; we also understand that schedules get busy, life happens and quite honestly, sometimes we just don’t want to hassle with proper pool maintenance.
That is why we offer great service plans to maintain your pool the way it was intended to keep it running efficiently, clean and ready to be used year-round. Contact us today for help with your pool maintenance or for a quote on a pool designed by the number one custom pool builder in Houston.