Like other assets and property, such as cars or houses, swimming pools require ongoing care,
and routine maintenance should be done to keep the pool working well. By properly caring for
your pool you can extend its life and make it last. Routine pool maintenance is not difficult, and
as long as you know the basics, you can keep your pool running efficiently. Watch out for these
12 swimming pool mistakes, and take steps to remedy them as soon as possible.
1. The chemistry of your pool is very important. Imbalanced water chemistry can make the
pool unfit for use. To prevent this, check the chemical balance of your pool often.
2. Broken drains, suction systems, fences, and doors can be hazardous. Damages of this
kind should be repaired before they escalate.
3. If water alkalinity is not maintained between 80-140 PPM, the water will be imbalanced
and the performance of the sanitizer will be compromised.
4. Excessive backwashing of DE filters will reduce the filters’ effectiveness and waste
water. Generally, backwashing is necessary when the pressure gauge reads 8-10 PSI.
5. Calcified cells or damaged salt water systems will not produce sufficient amounts of
chlorine, so thorough cleaning of these systems is recommended.
6. Keeping the water pH alkaline at 8.0 and above will reduce the strength of chlorine.
Make sure that water pH is around 7.5 to maintain optimum chlorine strength.
7. Make sure to run your pump one hour for every 10 degrees of water temperature. Good
circulation will keep maintenance costs to a minimum.
8. Too much rubbish in the skimmer basket can hinder water circulation. Check skimmer
baskets often to keep them free of debris.
9. Adding water chemicals during the day will reduce the effectiveness of these chemicals.
Add chemicals to your pool during the evenings.
10. Tiles that are full of algae and calcifications will affect water circulation and the look of
the your pool. It is important to keep tiles clean. If calcified plaques form, hire a pool
specialist to clean it for you.
11.The space between the top of the tile and the bottom of the deck should be intact.
Otherwise, water will leak out under the deck. If this happens, applying silicon is a good
12. If TDS (Total Dissolved Solids), or calcium hardness, is not maintained, it will throw the
water chemistry out of balance. TDS should be assessed every 6 months.
Avoiding these 12 swimming pool mistakes will keep your pool running longer and prevent
costly repairs. If your pool needs more serious servicing, you should consult a reputable pool
company to do the job for you.