Swimming Pool Information
information can clarify and help answer some questions.
Pool types: Pools are available in two types: above ground
and in-ground. The type can determine the amount and kind
of cleaning methods.
Pool materials: Pools come in a variety of different materials,
some requiring more maintenance than others.
Fiberglass is used for a one-piece tub fitted into a pre-dug
hole. The slick surface repels algae, but it will need occasional
Concrete is covered with a plaster water seal that can
take more wear and tear than other pool materials. It'll
probably need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years.
Aggregate finish is a concrete pool with a specialized
finish that has better traction. It's covered with a layer
of embedded rounded gravel.
Tile is a concrete pool with a tile finish instead of a
plaster finish. The tile surface requires less surface maintenance
than other surfaces.
The slick surface of a vinyl liner, like fiberglass, repels
Pool problems: How much your pool is used will help determine
the amount of cleaning needed. For instance, murky or colored
water may mean you have chemical imbalances, pollutants
such as microorganisms, or a clogged filter. Clogged filters
can mean money down the drain.
Algae can be another spoiler. It needs to be attacked two
ways -- through chemical treatment, and a lot of filtering,
backwashing, scrubbing, and skimming. Whether it is green,
brown, or little black spots of algae, it will take over
your pool if it is not dealt with immediately.
Features: Pools can have several features that can affect
your cleaning job. Many larger pools have heaters, especially
those installed in cooler climates. Many homeowners turn
off the heater in the warmer months to save on the utility
bill. Your filtration system keeps the water clean.Improper
chemical balances open the door to contamination, therefore
it?s also advisable to use a water testing kit. It gives
a good indication when you need temporary treatment, and
when a pool service professional is needed.
Some manual pool covers are designed for safety to keep
kids out of the water in case they slipped on the edge.
Winter covers can also lower your heating and chemical use.
It's a nice feature to keep leaves and bugs at a minimum.
An automatic pool cover is just like a manual pool cover,
except a machine rolls it back and forth along tracks. There
is more to cleaning a pool, however, than keeping a proper
pH balance. Not only is there skimming for floaties, but
also vacuuming; scrubbing the tiles, sides, and floor; and
cleaning, maintaining, emptying, and backwashing the filter
and pump. A professional pool cleaning service will give
you many clean, clear hours free of scale, rust, pollutants,
bacteria and cloudy water. (But it?s up to you to watch
for that occasional leaf.)
If you own an outdoor pool in a climate that gets cold
during the winter, many experts strongly suggest you winterize
your pool. Winterization usually entails draining most of
the water, blowing out the pipes, applying algaecide and
antifreeze in key areas, and covering the pool. Winterization
will protect your pool from any freeze damage that can harm
your pool surface and equipment