All of us who own a pool know the long list of tasks we must rigorously comply with to keep our pool clean. However, many people do not know what it is for or what the importance of many of these tasks is, this is true for both new pool owners and those who have had a pool service company for years.
Now, it doesn’t matter if you have just moved into a house with a pool, if you want to work for a pool service company, or if you are the type of person who likes to take care of things yourself, in this article we will talk about the importance of pool service.
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Why is regular pool maintenance so important?
We must always keep in mind that physical and chemical treatment are the methods of control and treatment of the pool water that allows an ideal water quality, with guarantees for our health and for the environment.
Cleaning a pool regularly is the best way to keep it healthy in all its aspects. Remember that if you stop cleaning your pool at least once a week it can accumulate dirt particles on the bottom, not to mention those that stick to the pool walls and can eventually generate algae.
Pool algae are very common, especially green algae, these have a 30% chance of being generated at least once in the life of your pool for many reasons, however we will talk about this later. Pool maintenance can be divided into two parts:
Physical pool cleaning service
The physical maintenance of the pool is done through physical cleaning (Brushing, Vacuuming, Cleaning filters and tiles, etc.) and through the pool’s circulation system. This last one is the main means to eliminate from the water all those slags that usually are brought by the wind or the swimmers, and sometimes by their “spontaneous” appearance in the water.
When we talk about physical maintenance of swimming pools, we generally refer to the eradication of all those particles such as dust, vegetable remains, hair, dead skin cells, various cosmetic products, etc.
The importance of regular maintenance of the pool is that if cleaning is not done or is done badly, it will have serious quality problems and will deteriorate quickly. Although some of the material that enters the pool is inorganic or inert, biologically most of it is not.
We must understand that the problem of “physical” pollution is inevitable and increases from the moment the water is poured into the pool.
Every day, with or without use, the pool will be affected by foreign material, transported by the air itself, insects, birds and above all people.
Although there is a saturation point, also known as a point of no return, where the pool becomes precarious and it is necessary to empty it, there are also occasions when this is evaluated and it is concluded that the best solution is to vacuum the pool.
Why is it important to vacuum the pool?
Many people do not know this, but vacuuming our pool is a necessary task to keep it free of all kinds of waste and contaminants. A pool vacuum cleaner is a special tool that is connected to a pole and has a hose that cleans the debris from the bottom of the pool.
There are two types of vacuum cleaners, automatic and manual. However, even if you have an automatic vacuum cleaner, sometimes the pool will have to be manually vacuumed. This is an important aspect of keeping the pool completely clean.
Many people do not know this, but vacuuming our pool is a necessary task to keep it free of all kinds of waste and contaminants.
A pool vacuum cleaner is a special tool that is connected to a pole and has a hose that cleans the debris from the bottom of the pool. There are two types of vacuum cleaners, automatic and manual. However, even if you have an automatic vacuum cleaner, sometimes the pool will have to be manually vacuumed. This is an important aspect of keeping the pool completely clean.
To have a clean and healthy environment in your pool, you will need to vacuum it routinely. However, most pool owners can make mistakes when vacuuming their pools. That’s why it’s important to know these tips to vacuum your pool properly.
- If your pool is very dirty:
Do not use an automatic vacuum cleaner in a very dirty pool. Doing so will only cause the vacuum cleaner to get stuck. First you vacuum and clean it manually and then you put the automatic vacuum cleaner in the pool to work. However, you may have to manually vacuum the pool once a month, even if you have an automatic vacuum cleaner installed.
- Use a nylon brush with the vacuum:
Another important aspect of pool vacuuming is that it is essential to use a nylon brush with the vacuum cleaner.
The brush will keep the pool even cleaner and help remove debris that cannot normally be achieved with a normal vacuum cleaner. A pool technician knows exactly what to do with each type of pool to keep it ready for use at all times. If you wish to try this yourself, please do not use a stainless steel brush as they are too abrasive for your pool and could damage the surface.
- Always keep the pump in the filtration cycle:
Keep the pump running in the filtration cycle and leave it running when you are vacuuming. Start at the shallow end of the pool and slowly run the vacuum in the pool from side to side, ending at the deep end.
- Take your time vacuuming:
You’re not in a cleaning competition and you’re not competing for the speed pool cleaning record. So, take your time. The rush will simply raise the debris, which will reduce visibility and take hours to re-settle, leaving you in a tight spot for another session of pool vacuuming.
Chemical Pool Service
When we talk about pool maintenance we also refer to chemical treatment. The chemistry of the pool is of vital importance to the health of the pool. If a pool does not have a good chemical balance it is likely that pool algae will grow inside the pool. There are several types of pool algae but in this article we will only mention 2, Green Algae and Black Algae.
As we already mentioned green algae are the most common, they can appear in your pool for many reasons such as lack of physical cleaning, (brushing, vacuuming, filter cleaning) or if the pool water is not in constant movement, this happens when there is not a good circulation system.
On the other hand, black algae appear when the cleaning conditions of the pool are almost null. These algae are almost impossible to remove as they adhere to the properties of the material the pool is lined with, and to get rid of them you need special algicides, chlorine and a lot of brushing with special tools which can cause wear on the lining itself. But with Diamond Brite algae cleaning will not be a problem.
Diamond Brite plaster is commonly accepted as the best finish for indoor pools, giving it the lasting beauty and durability of a diamond. Unlike traditional marble-based pool plaster, Diamond Brite is made with a combination of natural quartz aggregate, polymer-modified cement and quartz diamonds in an impressive range of colors.
Its durability in a pool liner is one of the most favorable characteristics being 10 to 15 years.
The quartz used in the Diamond Brite has waterproof properties that resist staining and degradation caused by pool chemicals. And, unlike traditional marble-based plaster coatings, Diamond Brite can be easily drained and cleaned without damage.
The pool is like the human body and the circulation system of the pool like ours is what pumps that vital liquid to every part of its surface. If the pool’s circulation system fails, the dirt particles will not be absorbed by the returns and will not reach the pool’s filtration system, preventing the water from being purified and redirected back into the pool.
We must understand that proper pool water analysis and balance is vital not only for sanitation, but also for the safety and longevity of the pool. When we pour chemicals into the pool, depending on the amount indicated by the chemical tests or chemical test kits for pools, the circulation system is also responsible for carrying these chemicals, whether chlorine, algaecides or disinfectants, throughout the pool.
Thanks to the circulation system, the chemicals can reach the most distant corners and edges, even in the deepest parts of the pool where in some cases there is not much movement or activity on our part, but these are the preferred places for algae to proliferate.
At this time of year, in the state of Florida, the sun and heat, coupled with a pool without regular maintenance and with a non-optimal circulation system, are the perfect environment for pool algae to grow.
And let me tell you that absolutely no one realizes that algae exists until it’s already visible.
If I were you I would check my pool to see if that is not the case, and if it is, it is best to hire a professional pool company like Urban Pool Services as they have all the tools necessary to clean your pool at no extra cost because in our company the chemicals are on our own!