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Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes
1. Not checking your pool's chemistry often enough
Be sure and test your water at least once a week
2. Allowing pH to get above 8.0.
By keeping your pH in line, your chlorine will be much more effective
3. Not keeping alkalinity between 80-140 PPM
Maintaining a proper alkalinity level will make it much easier to keep your pH in proper range
4. Not checking TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) or calcium hardness on a regular basis.
When the levels of these get too high, your sanitizer will be less effective. Test every 6 months and every month, respectively
5. Not cleaning the cells in salt water systems (chlorine generators).
Corroded or calcified cells will produce little chlorine and can produce false salt level readings. Do not add salt to your pool without testing the water. Do not rely on the salt system reading. The only way to reduce the level of salt in your pool, is to drain all or part of the water
6. Backwashing sand or DE filters too often.
If you do this, the filter can never reach its cleaning potential. Backwashing is no substitution for cleaning your filter
7. Not cleaning the skimmer and pump basketsor leaf trapoften enough.
If these are full of debris you will get little flow resulting in poor circulation, potentially creating a big problem with algae and possible repairs
8. Not brushing the walls and tile down often enough.
Brushing down the walls will help eliminate algae problems. Keeping your tile clean will save you money. Once the tile gets calcified it becomes like plaque and will take a specialist to get it off effectively
9. Not running pumps long enough.
A very general “rule of thumb” is to run your pump about 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature. It all comes down to water turn-over. If you have a 30,000 gal pool and a pump that moves 4,000 gal per hour, then you need to run your pump just over 7 hours per day, during the warmer summer months. Sometimes these calculations are difficult to remember or you don’t know how much water your pump moves. So, this general rule has been widely used in the industry for years
10. Not replacing broken or missing drains or suction sources.
This is a real and dangerous hazard. The same could be said for defective door/gate closers and fences in disrepair