John Willey, pool owner, says a pool is a great asset to have and his family really enjoys it. John maintains his own pool, but says it can be complicated and costly, if you don’t take the time to educated yourself.
“I would certainly recommend taking a class, making sure that you understand the functionality of not only the equipment, but more importantly the chemical and the chemical balance of the pool and how it should be maintained on a regular basis,” John says.
Regular pool chores include skimming daily, vacuuming weekly, and scrubbing down the walls as often as needed.
Elden Foltz, Pool Cleaner, says, “It’s very important to brush your swimming pool. It helps prevent any problems, especially algae that’s growing on the walls. You can get it before it actually goes on there.”
Be sure to pay attention to how often your pool runs. John says to put your filter and your pump on an automatic timer to be sure it’s not running 24 hours a day. Angie Hicks from Angie’s List also tells us the pool covers are a great idea – especially with small children or pets.
Angie Hicks says, “Many people think about their pool cover as a safety issue, but it can actually help you maintain your pool better. By keeping your pool covered, it can keep your pool temperature from dropping at night. Additionally, it can reduce the evaporation from the pool, which can extend the life of the chemicals.”
Angie reminds us that if we don’t want to worry about the pool maintenance, there are professionals that can do the job for us.
- Chlorinator & vacuum
- Look for algae: bottoms/sides
- Check alkalinity & PH regularly
- Have the pros test the water
Once your pool is clean and ready to go, the whole family can get in and enjoy it. Jim Napolitano, with Dover Pools, says inflatable toys and floats help make the pool a lot of fun.
“We’ve got all kinds of toys anywhere from all different kinds of goggles floats for the babies little inner tube’s all the way up to the adult inflatable toys, the tiki bar over there. We have a fort and inflatable for for the kids, and the big ducks and swans and that’s what the pools about the kids getting in there, the adults getting in there and having fun,” Jim says.
Pool owner, Audrey Aldrich, says she got her pool so that family and friends can get together on the weekends. “It’s been great we don’t really have to go to the beach or to vacation because we do the stay-cation’s here,” Audrey says.