What Equipment And Chemicals Are Needed For Swimming Pool Maintenance?

What equipment and chemicals are needed for swimming pool maintenance? Swimming pool equipment like chemicals, chlorine tables and auto pool cleaners are recommended for maintenance of an in-ground swimming pool.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation estimates that there are over nine million facilities in the U.S. that have swimming pools. With homeowners looking to increase the value of their home by purchasing a pool, the popularity of pools is increasing. With this big purchase comes the need to operate, clean, and maintain pools.

According to Cleaningconsultants.com, the equipment generally required to maintain a pool includes chemicals, chemical checks, filtration, water flow and quality, cleaning and maintenance, and usage level.

Generally, when a pool is put in, the company supplies a set of tools for cleaning and testing the chemicals in the water, says Jennifer Malagian, Vice President of Signature Pools. New homeowners may want to buy an automatic pool cleaner for an added fee because it is not included in their pool price. "Outside of that, they should purchase accessories they may want to use in the pool, such as floats, swim lounges, games and so forth," says Malagian. Most pools come with all the necessary cleaning equipment and the opportunity to buy an automatic pool cleaner. An automatic pool cleaner will help keep the pool clean and free of debris.

Chemicals are something that a new pool owner may not be familiar with, so the homeowner should be trained on how to test their water and know what chemicals are needed. After they know the basics then they can get a recommendation on which chemicals to use and when. "Go to a professional pool supply company once a month, get the water tested, and they will tell you exactly what to buy and when to put the chemicals in the water," says Malagian. Chlorine tablets or sticks are all that is needed the majority of the time.

Pools also need regular maintenance. The water needs to be clean and clear to prevent infections or bacteria from accumulating. Homeowners should ensure the water is properly treated and contains the correct levels of chemicals. Keep pipes, filters and motors in good working order. Clean filters when required and service all pool equipment according to the manual.

Pools have to be maintained and cleaned depending on the level of usage the pool has. If the pool is used frequently then it needs to be cleaned, maintained, and free of debris at least once every two weeks during the warm months. The filter used also depends on how frequently it needs to be changed or maintained. Some filters can go without servicing and others need to be changed or upgraded every year. Homeowners do not have to have their pool serviced on a regular basis if they are performing weekly pool cleanings since the pool is cleaned, shocked and free of debris. "If the pool cleaner notices a major problem, then a homeowner needs to fix it soon to keep the pool in good standing," says Malagian. "Other than that, a pool does not need regular services like a car, which needs to be tuned up every year."

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