Having a custom pool installed in your backyard comes with a lot of excitement, but it is also important to ensure you understand all the various maintenance and upkeep needs before you get in too deep. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is not staying on top of their pool’s maintenance needs. While it may seem simple enough to take care of a pool (all you have to do is scoop the debris out, right?!), it is actually a bit more complicated than many people realize. From ensuring the pH balance is correct to not emptying your skimmer baskets, there are a handful of common maintenance mistakes that pool owners make.
With spring right around the corner, it is more important than ever for homeowners to take the time to understand how to properly care for their pool. There are a lot of specific spring maintenance needs that pool owners should be aware of, but we’ll save that for a different day. Today we are going to look at the most common general maintenance mistakes made by pool owners. If you have any questions about the information below or would like to discuss having your Irving pool serviced or cleaned by Mid City Custom Pools, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Mistake #1: Oversight of pH Balance
The number one mistake that pool owners make is not properly understanding their pool’s pH balance. A good way to look at pH is as food for your plaster for the interior of the pool. If you do not maintain the pH balance of the plaster, there is a good chance mold will form. This is especially true with salt water pools. Because pH is constantly rising in salt water pools, it is imperative that it is properly balanced. Mid City Custom Pools has the proper technology that will actually do this for you, which means you won’t have to worry about your pool’s pH being thrown off course. This technology is called INTELLIpH Acid Dispenser system and it can only be used with salt water pools. Here are a few benefits of ensuring the balance of your pool’s pH:
- It will feed the muriatic acid, which is used to feed the pH in your water automatically
- It will negate the most common pool mistake by homeowners
- Homeowners mistakenly think that if their water is clear, it’s fine. That’s not right!
- pH maintains the health/life of your pool
If you do not want a salt water pool, then chlorine is the way you want to chlorinate your pool, you can still have a method to automatically dispense muriatic acid into your water, it is called an INTELLI Kim Water Chemistry Controller. INTELLI KIM for a chlorine pool will help maintain proper pH levels automatically for a homeowner. For more information on this system or the one previously mentioned, please contact Mid City Custom Pools.
Mistake #2: Not Emptying Your Skimmer Baskets
Our fearless leader Don Pierce started as a pool cleaner, which is why he keeps cleaning in mind when designing custom pools for people throughout the area. He understands just how important cleaning is, especially when it comes to the skimmer baskets. Pool owners often make the mistake of not emptying their skimmer baskets, which can lead to many more serious internal problems. We do our best to not only educate people about how to properly clean the pool, but also offer services that will take the pressure off of you.
Keep an eye out for another blog exploring common mistakes people make when it comes to the upkeep of their home swimming pool. And be sure and contact Mid City Custom Pools if you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule a consultation today!