Skimming the pool surface

Very often customers will ask me if I think it’s necessary for them to hire a pool service company to maintain their fiberglass swimming pool and equipment.  As with most things in life, the answer is not always short and easy.  Your lifestyle, available free time and how you use your pool are all factors to take into account. Here are a few things to consider before making the decision.



 1. How much time are you willing/able to put into your pool?

Some people think that as long as the water is clear, everything is working perfect in their fiberglass swimming pool.  Daily chemical checks can get neglected if a homeowner is not aware of the necessary water chemistry balance needed.  This process can take just a few minutes a day to test and adjust the chemicals in your pool water.

2. How often do you use your pool?

Are there always family gatherings and parties in your backyard and pool?  If so, keeping up with routine maintenance is crucial.  As more people get in the pool, so does the demand for sanitation and circulation of your pool water to stay clean and healthy.  Conversely, if you are a homeowner who rarely uses their pool, or are not home very often, pool maintenance  may be overlooked or ignored.  Not only chemical balancing, but vacuuming and filter cleanings need to take place at regular intervals to keep your pool and equipment in perfect running order.

3. Do you have a salt water system?

If you are using a chlorine generation system, it is crucial that the cell be cleaned on a regular basis.  Mineral deposits will build up on the cell over time and will eventually prevent the system from producing the chlorine necessary to sanitize your pool water.  Manufacturers recommend acid-washing the cell every 3 months.  Also, using a chlorine generator tends to make the pH of pool water drift higher, causing calcium buildup on the floor and walls of your pool.  It is important to keep the pH within an acceptable range to ensure your equipment runs efficiently and lasts a long time.  Check out this article for more information on adjusting the pH of your pool water.

How you answer these questions will determine if you really do need to hire a pool service company.  For many customers it’s a matter of time and convenience.  Signature Pools and Spas can help get you on the track to a worry free swimming season.  We offer weekly, bi-weekly, and one-time ‘check up’ services.  Rates vary by location and scope of services performed.  Contact Signature Pools if you have any questions about pool service, maintenance, or have questions about caring for your pool.

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