Three Upkeep Secrets That Can Help Your New Pool Last a Lifetime

ThinkstockPhotos-152143109Like any other part of the home, your pool needs regular maintenance to stay in good shape and minimize costly repairs. Whether you have a natural pool or a more traditional pool design, there are a few steps that can help you keep the water sparkling as you extend the life of the pool structure. Keep reading for a closer look at the key aspects of pool maintenance that will help you get the most out of the water.

Test your pool water

You can easily test the chemical balance of your pool water with a kit that lets you see total pH levels, alkalinity, salt, and calcium levels. You should test the water several times a week during peak swimming season, but you may not need to test it as often in the winter when you are getting in as often. If levels are off, you may need to add certain chemicals to shock the water and wait 24 hours before using the pool.

Keep water free of debris

Leaves, dirt, and other types of debris can not only reduce the quality of your swimming experience, but they can clog the pool filter without regular cleaning. Skimming the surface of the water, using a pool vacuum, and regularly cleaning the filter will keep the water clear, even on windy Tucson days.

Cover the pool in the winter

When you aren’t regularly using your pool, the right cover can minimize the need for chemical maintenance and keep debris out of the water. Plus, a cover will keep the water warmer so that you do not have to spend a fortune to heat the pool when the weather is cooler.

If you are considering adding a pool to your Tucson property or renovating an existing pool, Carl Ragel’s Natural Pools & Gardens can help you create an innovative design that fits the aesthetic of your home. To begin planning your pool construction or renovation, call us at (520) 323-2627.