A swimming pool in the backyard is a dream everyone would want to cherish. But the fun is always accompanied with a lot of responsibilities. However, with proper maintenance, you can enjoy having a backyard swimming pool in Toronto.
Proper pool maintenance increases its lifespan besides keeping you away from any kind of water disease. It can be good for your pocket as well. However, there are some common mistakes made by pool owners which may cause damage to the pool and increase your expenses.
Servicing & Brushing Your Pool
Do not wait for the summers for the maintenance of your pool. Servicing by experts is required throughout the year, especially spring, fall, and of course summer.
Spring servicing is important and should be carried out by professionals to make sure the damages caused during winter are addressed. In the fall, it is important to remove the water from the pipes which might freeze during the winter causing problems.
Moreover, it is very important to vacuum your pool which should be followed by brushing. This should be a regular process as it keeps algae and other unwanted materials away from the pool. A common mistake most pool owners in Toronto do is to use a pressure-side automatic pool cleaner. It usually scatters the debris in the water and you will still have to work on it to clean the water.
Low Water Levels
Water cannot circulate through the filters if the water levels are too low. This can ultimately cause damage to the pump by burning it. Therefore, it is very important for you to understand that the water levels should be close to the small opening that leads to the filter. No harm even if you fill it up more, but not below the midpoint of the skimmer.
Water evaporates. Hence, if you are out of town, purposely fill the pool with more water to avoid any damage to the filter.
Backwashing The Filters
It is always recommended to have two filters. The one in use should be cleaned once a month. While out for cleaning, place the other one in the pool.
A common mistake made while handling filters is either you miss backwashing them or overdo it. It is a process which basically cleans the filter. Keep an eye on it.
Another common mistake is ignoring the pH levels. You need to maintain the pH level of your pool. Low pH indicates acidic water and high means alkaline water – both are not good for you. Low pH level in water can be partly good as it does not allow algae and other bacteria to survive, but it can cause damage to your pool equipment such heater, pool pump, filter, cleaner, etc.
It is very important to balance the pH level of your pool water. Also, keep a regular check of this to ensure the levels are maintained.
One of the biggest mistakes pool owners make is using wrong chemicals. You need to understand that all pools are not the same. Chemicals are used to keep the pools free from algae and bacteria but the requirement of every swimming pool is different. A wrong mixture can cause serious problems to you as well as the pool. Moreover, chemical imbalance in water can cause irritation to your skin or eyes.
It is advisable to consult experts for the chemicals to be used for your pool water to be safe. Also, get the chemical levels checked regularly.
The most common chemical used in swimming pools is chlorine but its concentrated levels can cause serious damage. Therefore, dissolving it in a bucket of water before leaving in the pool will protect the pool walls and floor. During this process, a common mistake which should be avoided is to add chemical to the water instead of water to the chemical. Add chemical into the bucket filled with water to avoid dangerous splashback.
Another option is saltwater. It is definitely better than chlorine water pool. A special kind of salt is used in the saltwater pool which keeps it clean. It is safe for your eyes & skin and the salt in it relaxes your muscles. However, the bills get a rise in this case. So, choose accordingly.
Running The Equipment For Lesser Time
Pool pumps and other equipment should work for at least eight hours a day, especially in summers. The running time can go down during winters but do not make the water stagnant. Saving some amount on electricity here can cost you more later. Water circulation in the pool prevents the growth of unwanted substances such as algae and other bacteria.
Fencing Around The Pool
Due to safety reasons, it is by law that a pool should have at least a 4-foot high fence around – though the height rule varies everywhere. Moreover, it keeps animals away from the pool keeping the water clean. Again, saving some money here can cost you more later.
Some preventive measures can assure the maintenance of your swimming pool avoiding extra unexpected expenses. If you try and avoid these common mistakes, swimming pool in the backyard can be a lot more fun with expenses being under control.
Land-Con is one of the leading swimming pool companies in Toronto. We have the resources and expertise to install a backyard swimming pool that meets your requirements. For more information about our work on swimming pools in Toronto, please call us on 416.504.5263.