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The Eighth Day of Maintenance: Pools

By FacilityDude
Dec 13, 2013

Maintenance, Facilities Management

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Wintertime usually conjures up images of frozen bodies of water, whether they be icicles on your gutters or lakes for ice skating. Yet, while most people are covering their pools for the season, indoor pools are still as wet and wild as ever. That also means that they require just as much facility maintenance.

If you want to break down swimming pool maintenance, you're really talking about two things: mechanical and chemical operations. With the right approach to both sides of the pool, you'll be sure to have a smooth-running operation. How do we know? FacilityDude recently did a webinar for the YMCA of the USA with Paddock and Dectron, and those guys are pretty big in the world of pools. Here are some tips to keep your pool running smoothly throughout the season so no one is left high and dry.

Watch the mechanical

There are plenty of components to the mechanical workings of a swimming pool. Apart from the surge tank, you have a balance tank, a recirculation pump, a flow meter, a heater, piping, chemical pumps, a pool controller, a hair trap strainer, a stocking full of filters and a partridge in a pear tree.  Each one of these components plays an important role in keeping a pool properly filtered and running smoothly - except, of course, for the partridge.

With each component comes more maintenance. If, for example, the heat exchange breaks down, it doesn't matter if the chemical pumps are working, because it will be too cold for anyone to swim. Piping can get clogged. Worse, your readers could be inaccurate, meaning that you don't know how much water flow you really have or how quickly you are filtering.

Apart from routine hair strainer cleanings, it's important that you keep on top of your work orders and scheduled maintenance checks. Maintenance management software such as MaintenanceEdge can help you keep your pool running running efficiently. All you need to do is put it under the tree.

Keep in mind the chemical

The other half of this equation are the chemicals that you put in the pool to keep it clean. Chlorine is used mostly in lap and recreation pools, while bromine is the key ingredient for spas and warm therapy pools. However, using these chemicals isn't like egg nog - you don't just get to throw back as much as you like with little care to the consequences. The balance of chemicals needs to be a precise measurement, taking into consideration the size and temperature of the pool as well as the chemical used. If you have trouble keeping on top of your chemical balance, MaintenaceEdge may, again, be able to help you out.

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