5 Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes

On a hot day, there are a few places that will offer respite like a swimming pool. Whether it’s a morning swim before work or taking a dip with friends and family on the weekend, a pool needs to be maintained well to be ready for every occasion.


Maintaining a pool effectively is a science, but it’s not a difficult process. But to make sure that you remember the steps, it might also be useful to maintain a checklist.


Here are five of the most common swimming pool maintenance mistakes that you should avoid.


1. Not Checking the Pool’s Chemistry Often


If you want your pool to be ready for everyone to enjoy at any time, you should check the pool’s chemistry twice a week in the summer and once a week in the winter. By doing this regularly, you can make minor adjustments to the water chemistry instead of making major changes.


It’s important to keep pH levels in check to take advantage of the full potential of the chlorine that’s already in the water. Try to maintain pH levels at 7.5 to get 50-60% of active chlorine.


High or low alkalinity can impact the water balance and the sanitiser’s ability to perform effectively. So try to maintain alkalinity between 80-140 PPM.


You also need to keep tabs on calcium hardness regularly. Check the TDS or Total Dissolved Solids every six months and clean the cells in the chlorine generators.


2. Forgetting to Clean the Pool Walls and Tiles


It’s important to clean your pool by scooping the debris and vacuuming the floor. But it’s also important not to forget to brush down the walls and the floor to keep calcium and algae from sprouting all over.


So grab a pool brush and start scrubbing on the days you vacuum the pool. You should also make it a point not to forget the hard to reach places to keep your pool pristine.


3. Not Running Pumps for the Required Period of Time


Pumps should be run for about an hour for every 10 degrees of temperature. It’s all about the flow, so make sure that you maintain a decent circulation system.


If you get this part right, your maintenance requirements will be low.


4. Let the Water Level Get Too Low


Whether you’re swimming or playing Marco Polo, there’s going to be some water loss as a result of splashing. This isn’t a bad thing at all, but remember to keep an eye on the water level.

If you’re not careful about it, you can do some serious damage to the pool’s pump (because the pump will take in air instead of water).


5. Neglecting to Replace Broken or Missing Suction Sources


This mistake can have serious consequences, so make sure that you replace missing drains or suction sources immediately.


When it comes to pool maintenance, none of us are going to be perfect. But if you try and avoid these common mistakes, you can spare yourself the expenses and the work that goes with fixing a badly maintained swimming pool.