Everyone who has a pool also has an opinion about how to best care for the pool. There is some truth to this because every pool is unique and may require different techniques to keep them clean. Plus every pool is exposed to different environments, has different features and will need its own maintenance program. Given this, it is difficult to offer a standard set of pool maintenance tips. Rather, it is easier and more beneficial to pool owners to address the top pool maintenance myths. Pool owners can take this information and incorporate it into their own maintenance program which they develop for their unique pool.
Myth #1: Pools maintenance is expensive
There was a time when running your pool pump would cost as much as your air conditioner, but things have changed today. You have access to more options of energy efficient, variable speed pumps and filters which have been shown to save homeowners money.
Myth #2: Pools are energy inefficient
This is not true, given that pumps and filters are now made to provide efficiency. Today’s pool features use close to 30% less power than they ever used to. There are also more options today regarding solar power when it comes to your pool, specifically with the pool’s water heater. You can also get a solar power pool cover to reduce evaporation and help the water to retain heat. The cover additionally helps keep debris away thus protecting your filtration system from unnecessary wear.
Myth #3: Draining is the best way to clean
On the surface, it seems logical that draining a pool is the best way to clean it but this is neither efficient nor accurate. You would have to drain all the water, scrub the walls and then refill it. It is very costly to replace that large amount of water and you can cause structural damage to the pool as you empty and refill. Pools are designed to withstand a specific pressure and you don’t want to disrupt that balance. The best way to clean therefore involves adding the necessary chemicals, scrubbing the walls and vacuuming the pool.
Myth #4: You can add chemicals whenever
There is actually an ideal time of day to add chemicals to your pool and this is after the sun goes down. When the sun is out and shining, the UV rays reduce the effectiveness of certain chemicals like chlorine. Late in the day is also preferred because it is not likely that people will be using the pool, so there will be less chemical interaction with people.
Myth #5: Backwash your filter often
When it comes to backwashing your filter, you only want to do this when the pressure gauges indicate that you need to. This is typically 8 to 10 psi over your normal pressure. If you backwash too often, you not only lose water but you can stir up sand and push it back into the pool.
Myth #6: You can use household items to clean the pool
So many people try to use baking soda as a way to increase the pH of their pool and this is a definite no-no. Soda ash has a different chemical makeup than baking soda and is always the better option for your pool. Professional pool chemicals should always be used in order to prevent damage to both the water and pool structure. If you are ever not sure about the water, you can take a sample to be tested by a professional and they will provide you with the chemicals and recommendations to keep your pool in optimal condition.
Myth #7: Saltwater pools are easier
Many people think that by switching to saltwater pools, they get away from the chemicals and cleaning, but this could not be more wrong. All pools, even saltwater ones, need to have a proper pH level, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and stabilizer levels. What people do not realize is that the salt chlorine generator in salt pools splits the sodium and chlorine molecules that are in the salt, and it is the chlorine that cleans the pool. Even with saltwater pools, you still need to maintain and add chemicals.