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The Basics of Essential Pool Maintenance for Homeowners

The Basics of Essential Pool Maintenance for Homeowners

Owning a pool is a luxury that brings joy and relaxation to any home, especially during those long, hot SoCal summers. However, keeping your pool in pristine condition requires a fair bit of hands-on maintenance, and first-time homeowners can find that upkeep a bit overwhelming Let's dive into the basics of pool maintenance, breaking it down to the essentials that you need to know.

The ABCs of Water Chemistry

This is a given, right? Without the right balance of pool chemicals, your pool will transform into either an algae-ridden swamp or a corrosive vat of chlorinated soup. Maintaining the right water chemistry is the cornerstone of effective pool maintenance. Invest in a reliable pool testing kit, regularly test your pool water for pH levels, chlorine, alkalinity, and calcium hardness; and adjust chemical levels accordingly to keep your pool water in the sweet spot.

Skim, Scrub, and Vacuum: Cleaning 101

A clean pool is a happy pool. No one wants to dodge leaves and dead bugs as they swim, and an excess of debris can put a lot of strain on your pool's filtration system. Invest in a quality pool vacuum to efficiently remove dirt and particles from the pool bottom. Skim the surface regularly to remove debris, leaves, and insects- ideally at least once a day, if possible. Less frequently (once every month or so), scrub the pool walls and floor to prevent algae and calcium buildup.

Maintain Your Filtration System

Your pool's filtration system is a heavyweight when it comes to maintaining crystal-clear water. Without a functioning filtration system, keeping your pool clean becomes a gargantuan task. Help your pool's filter do its job by checking and cleaning the skimmer baskets, pump baskets, and pool filters regularly. Backwash the filter as needed to ensure optimal performance. Don't overlook this crucial aspect of pool care to avoid cloudy water and potential equipment issues.

Don't Neglect The Deck!

Over time, pool decks, patios, and surrounding areas can accumulate dirt, mold, and grime. Not only that, but long-term exposure to salt, chlorine, and other common pool chemicals can deteriorate decking materials. We recommend pressure washing or soft washing your pool deck at least once every 6-12 months to clean these surfaces, revitalize their appearance, and reduce the presence of not only algae and mildew growth but also corrosive pool chemicals.

Need A Hand Maintaining Your Pool?

We know firsthand that staying on top of a pool's maintenance is a lot of hard work. It requires time and effort that not every homeowner has to spare in their busy lives. Luckily, Green California offers comprehensive pool services to help you stay on top of pool maintenance!

At Green California Window Cleaning & Exterior Wash & Pool Services, we love helping Irvine locals take better care of their homes without expending extra effort. Pool services are among the things we do best. Our pool specialists handle cleaning, chemical balancing, equipment upkeep, pressure washing, and practically any other service you can think of to keep your pool in stunning shape. We offer pre-set pool servicing plans for our clients, but if you want to customize your own pool maintenance plan, we can help you plan the perfect custom regimen!

Don't stress over keeping your pool sparkling clean. If you need excellent, comprehensive pool services in Irvine, call Green California today at 657-319-8550!

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