While we’d all rather plan our next pool party, pool maintenance is part of pool ownership too. In addition to daily, weekly, and occasional pool maintenance tasks, there are a some tasks that will need to be performed on an annual basis. Yep, just once a year.
Pressure Wash Your Pool Deck
Okay, so technically, this isn’t pool maintenance. However, the cleanliness of the area surrounding your pool can definitely affect the quality of your pool’s water and the attractiveness of your pool’s area. While you will want to wipe up or rinse off any spills, annual pressure washing (also referred to as “power washing”) will help remove rust, weather stains, and other ingrained issues. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can typically rent one inexpensively from your local hardware or home improvement store.
Start by sweeping any dry debris from your deck. Then, assemble the pressure washer, and set it to a low to mid-range spray to remove surface debris in layers. Continue until the surface is noticeably clean. To prevent streaking, be sure to overlap areas you’ve cleaned, and to prevent gouging, make sure the pressure washer’s nozzle remains several feet away from your pool deck.
Schedule a Professional Service Appointment
Notice that we’re recommending this as part of annual maintenance; do not wait until you notice problems. An expert will be able to knowledgeably evaluate care for all your pool’s mechanical equipment, such as filters, pumps, and heating systems. But before that person arrives on site, do your own check. List any sounds or smells, leaks in the piping, holes in the liner, or anything else you think seems out of place. Let the service professional see your list before he or she begins.
Some years, this professional check may seem like a waste of time and money. But for every one of those years, there will be others where you end up being glad that a problem was noticed and corrected before it became more significant.
Prevent Damage by Properly Winterizing Your Pool
As important as it is to carefully maintain your pool during the summer months, it’s also important to secure it properly before winter hits. Properly winterizing your pool can keep you from having to make expensive and time-consuming repairs.
First, before closing your pool for the season, test the water one more time and make sure chemicals are in proper balance. Next, you should blow excess water out of the plumbing lines. The third step in winterizing your pool is to cover it with a high-quality cover, in order to keep debris (including chemical-altering precipitation) out. Yep, that’s it! You’re ready for winter. (Well, at least your pool is ready. The rest is up to you.)
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