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5 maintenance tips for your pool this summer

By Kate Donnelly
Jun 12, 2015

Facilities Management

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5 maintenance tips for your pool this summer A swimming pools are a summer staple everywhere. Especially with summer just around the corner, these hot spots are sure to become the star of nearly every athletic center and sports facility.

But while a pool can be your best friend during a heat wave, it can also be your worst nightmare if you don't stay on top of the maintenance. Repairing or replacing damaged or broken parts can be expensive, but if you keep up with a few scheduled building maintenance operations, you can keep your head above water.

1. Check your water levels

You may fill a pool up at the beginning of a season, but that doesn't mean that you don't have to keep an eye on your water level throughout the summer. Evaporation, splashing and a number of other events can cause the water line to drop gradually throughout the season. This is more than just an inconvenience - many filters and pool skimmers are designed specifically to work when the water is at certain levels. If the water is too low, the skimmer may suck in too much air, which can burn out the pump and filter system, SwimmingPool.com noted.

2. Keep it clean

Nobody likes diving into a dirty pool overflowing with bugs, leaves and other unwanted debris. Daily pool cleaning should be an essential part of your building maintenance. Use a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove any external objects that shouldn't be in the water as soon as possible - if you wait too long, the objects are likely to sink to the bottom, making the pool that much more difficult to clean. Allowing your pool to get increasingly dirtier over time can compromise the efficiency of your pump and filter system, so stay on top of the cleaning.

3. Learn your chemistry

You probably didn't think that maintaining your facility's pool would require a degree in chemistry. Fortunately, it doesn't - but there are important things to consider regarding your pool's chemical and pH balance. Inspect your pool's pH level regularly. This is a measure of how acidic the water is, and you'll ideally want to keep this number between 7.2 and 7.8, How Stuff Works explained. Also make sure your chlorine levels stay where they should be. It's recommended that you shock your pool twice every season. This is a process where you introduce three to five times the normal amount of chlorine into your pool to reset the levels and kill any lingering bacteria.

4. Don't forget the deck

There's more to your pool than just the water. Your deck is an essential part of the overall fixture too. Keep it clean by sweeping any leaves, dirt or other large loose debris away, and by powerwashing it regularly to remove any dirt or stains. Ensure trash cans are placed nearby so that litter doesn't accumulate, causing tripping and falling hazards. Any poolside furniture should similarly be checked, and broken chairs and tables removed to prevent possible injury.

5. Another shocking consideration

Pools can present a significant electrical hazard if you aren't careful. The deck itself should be cleared of any electrical items, and there shouldn't be any outlets or power cords nearby. If your pool has interior lights, keep a close eye on them. Any cracks that you see on the surface of the glass may let water in. This can short out the electrical components of the light, which will cause it to break down, but will also create a serious safety hazard for anyone going for a swim.

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