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Just Moved? How to Care for Your New Pool

Posted on: September 21st, 2011 by Dave No Comments

The dust has settled. You have finished moving into your new place. The clothes and personal possessions have been put away in your new house. You and the kids can’t wait to jump in that bonus backyard feature – that’s right, the pool – but you realize that you don’t have a clue how it works, whether it is clean or what you need to do to make it safe.

Before you dive in and make that splash, here are some important tips for getting used to having your own pool after you have moved in.

Weekly Cleaning

It is important to regularly clean and maintain your pool. Establishing a schedule will ensure the equipment is properly maintained and the water is clean.

  • Remove any dirt and trash from the surrounding pool area.
  • If you are removing a cover, use a broom to clean leaves off before uncovering.
  • Check skimmer basket and clean out the leaves and debris.
  • Locate heater pump and inspect for debris.
  • Brush tile around the edge of the swimming pool.
  • Use a net to clean any leaves, bugs or debris on the surface of the water.
  • Vacuum entire surface area of pool.
  • Inspect equipment to check for leaks, breaks or other possible problems.
  • Perform a water analysis to assess your water’s condition.
  • Add chemicals and conditioners as necessary.
  • Add water, if necessary.

Good Ideas:

  • Talk to a professional and have them show you what valves you need to turn off and on. Make sure you understand what they do and why they need to be turned a certain way. Otherwise, you may inadvertently drain your spa and burn out the motor.
  • Ask them about problems to look for when inspecting your pool. You need to be able to spot trouble before it becomes a large problem.
  • Investigate home warranties that offer swimming pool and spa coverage. They can save you a lot of money in the long run. Unexpected repair bills can eat into your emergency reserve fund. Often, if you’ve just bought a home, a one-year home warranty has been negotiated as part of your closing.

Safety First

If you have finally unpacked the last few moving boxes in your new home and discover your pool has no safety features, it’s important that you get this taken care of promptly, especially if you have children. Here’s what to look for:

  • Is there safety fencing around the pool? Many states require this, but if you don’t have it, call a pool building or pool maintenance company to come and install one.
  • Also consider purchasing a life buoy, life vests, rescue equipment, rope and float kit and signage, which has CPR instructions on it.
  • One step further on safety would be to add a pool sensor alarm, window and gate alarms, door alarms and/or perimeter alarms.

With drowning one of the biggest killers for kids under the age of five, you can’t be too safe with your pool.

The Advantages of Hiring a Professional

You may not realize it at first, after seeing that sparkling pool when first moving in, but caring for pool can be challenging. The weekly maintenance necessary can prove daunting to some people. And, checking chemicals and conditioners and knowing what the right balance is can throw off even the most diehard do-it-yourselfer.

Hiring a professional to care for your pool has its advantages. They are equipped with the knowledge to maintain your pool to a professional level that adheres to local industry and health code standards. Here are some advantages to hiring a professional pool service to maintain your pool:

  • You will have a scheduled day for service. There won’t be any guessing when your cleaning will take place.
  • They are properly trained to look for leaks and other problems that may occur with your pool. These leaks can cost you money before you even become aware of them.
  • A trained professional will inspect your pool equipment to ensure it is running properly. In addition, if any repairs are necessary to any of your equipment, they can handle the job or get you on track with your warranty company.
  • Their thorough weekly cleaning will keep your pool ready for whenever you want to enjoy it.
  • They can also suggest environmentally-friendly upgrades to your equipment with an energy audit and then recommend more efficient equipment or even solar heating.

Enjoy your pool but also be prepared to take care of it, seek assistance where necessary and ensure the safety of your entire family.

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