Expert Advice: All you Need to Know About Pool Maintenance and Repairs
It is almost that time again…summer! As summer draws near, Texans
are slowly getting prepared for the wonderful world of 100° heat.
Now, many of us try to beat the heat. Some stay inside as much as possible,
while others embrace the heat and take the perfect opportunity to cool
off in a POOL! Yes that's right! It's pool time! But, before pool
season even starts it is important to get prepared. So, what do you need
to know and what do you need to do before summer starts?
I reached out to
Ryan Johnson, with
Johnson Custom Pools in Austin, Texas, to get expert advice. One of the first questions I asked
him was what are the main issues or repairs that he starts seeing from
pool owner's right before summer starts. Ryan said, "Filters
are the main issue that we see. Filters need to be cleaned often; depending
upon the type of filter you have. DE filters should be changed at least
2 to 3 times each year. With Sand filters, make sure it is backwashed
weekly. If you have a Cartridge filter, you should be cleaning it at least
once a month." The issue with filters is that if you don't clean
them they can start to cause algae in the pool and can stop the pool from
flowing properly. He went on to say, "Something as simple as cleaning
or changing the filter can eliminate a lot of damage that can happen to
However, filters are not the only issue. As a pool owner, you should be
checking the chemicals as well. Taking time at least once a week to check
the chemical balance is important. Once the chemicals are checked, adding
the proper amount of chemicals to your pool is crucial! You should also
be cleaning out the skimmer baskets as well. One of the most important
items though, is making sure that your pump is running at the right time,
for the right length of time! Ryan said, "We see many clients who
are running their pumps at night, which is not right. Your pump or pool
should be running during the day; especially in the heat of day. Run your
pump for 1 hour per 10°. So if it 100°, your pump should be running
for 10 hours. You want to move the water in the heat of the day because
if your pool is sitting in sunlight, and not moving, then algae will form."
So keep your pumps going during the day!
Another big mistake that Ryan encounters is that people will see a small
drip of water on their equipment slab and ignore it. "If there is
a drip then there could be a leak – and that means there is a lot
of water loss." He went on to say, "Don't ignore it! A small
drip will continue to damage you pump. A lot of pools have a water leveler,
which means it will constantly fill. This will only cause you to have
a really high water bill."
So should a pool owner attempt to fix their own pool? The answer is no!
Ryan said, "We encourage you to call someone instead of trying to
save a dollar, because you may end up doing more damage. Knowledge goes
a long away. It may be something simple but could end up quadrupling your
cost by attempting it yourself."
So what is the best advice Ryan can give a pool owner? "Don't
hesitate to call or
request service. It costs nothing to explain something on the phone. A good pool company
will take questions over the phone or come out to your home for free.
We have been in business for over 27 years. We build pools, we are a full
service provider, and are certified. I can answer a ton of questions over
the phone! You can send a picture or a video, and we can give you answers.
If not, we will come out to your home or business at no charge!"
So before summer starts, be sure to check around your pool. Make sure your
filters are clean, your skimmers are empty, your chemicals are balanced,
and your pumps are running during the day! If you notice something isn't
right, call in a professional! Not sure who to call, you can go to
trustcertified.com and view pool professionals (just like Johnson Custom Pools) who have
already been prescreened and really are the best-of-the-best!
What pool repairs or maintenance has your pool had? Tell us in the comments