Summer Pool Care 101

Summer and the pool just go together. You can’t have one without the other, right? Maybe you’ve had a pool for years but love to brush up on your pool knowledge every swim season. Perhaps you just recently acquired a dream pool and are taking in all kinds of new facts about pool ownership. Either way, “Summer Pool Care 101” is a great source of info to review as often as necessary to have a smooth swim season. 

For almost 6 decades, Goodall Pools & Spas has been in the Pennsylvania pool and spa industry. Our years of experience can help you build your understanding of all the necessities of summer pool care. Proper pool maintenance will help you get the most enjoyment out of your beautiful backyard pool.

Chlorine Crash Course

One of the first words that comes to mind when you hear pool might just be chlorine. The term is familiar, but you may not know all the behind-the-scenes work that chlorine does. Chlorine is probably the most common chemical that pool owners and pool service providers use to keep the pool clean and clear. 

Chlorine is the disinfecting agent for the pool. Its most important job is to help eliminate bacteria and algae that make their way into the water. It also helps to destroy dirt and other contaminants that soil the water. Our stores carry reliable BioGuard® products. In fact, for more than 20 years, we have been one of their top USA dealers. We can help you understand chlorine and all the other pool chemicals you’ll encounter.

There is a shortage of chlorine tablets in the nation right now that is affecting many pool owners. Your Goodall Pools family is here to help you make the most of the chlorine you do have. Here are some helpful Ways to Stretch Your Chlorine Dollar. A little chlorine can go a long way if handled with care.

Recommend Regular Rinsing Off

A great way to start stretching your hard-earned money spent on chlorine is to have all swimmers rinse off before they enter the pool. This is an easy preventative measure to help keep the water a little cleaner.

Skim and Scrub Systematically

A skimmer net is a must-have for pool care. Check the pool for floating debris that the wind blew in before you jump in for a swim. Keep a brush handy too. You can briefly scrub the hard-to-reach places to keep dirt or bacteria from building up. 

Complement Chlorine with Helpful Chemicals

Chlorine does not have to do its crucial work alone. There are other chemicals that you can use to help the chlorine last longer. 

  • An algaecide will help to destroy algae, saving the chlorine for other jobs. 
  • A stabilizer is designed to keep the sun from destroying the available chlorine. 
  • A clarifier takes the dross in the water toward the filter, preventing the chlorine from having to destroy extra silt. 

Our knowledgeable team is here to discuss these and other chemicals that can help you preserve your chlorine for its complete value.

Flush the Filter Frequently

Keep a close eye on your filter during swim season. Dirt and debris will no doubt slowly work their way to the filter, despite all of your preventative maintenance. The filter will need to be cleaned often. This is just one more way to lengthen the life of your chlorine.

Water Care Course for DIY

Pool owners have to consider DIY vs. Professional Pool Maintenance and decide which option works best for them. Some people love to learn new things and tackle caring for them on their own. Others enjoy the freedom that comes with leaving all the hassle up to the experts. Here are some things to keep in mind if you love to DIY.

Chemistry is Challenging

It is common knowledge that pool water requires frequent tests to ensure that the water chemistry is balanced. This part of pool maintenance is perhaps the most tricky. There are several levels that have to balance, and each one has an effect on the others.

Vacuuming is Vital

Weekly vacuuming is vital during the hotter months of constant swimming. If there are heavy-use days, an extra vacuuming might be necessary too.

Priming the Pump Is Important

The pool pump is the filter’s friend. The pump keeps the water and chemicals moving. It also takes the debris toward the filter to be removed from the flow of the water. Moving water is cleaner water. The pump needs to run as often as possible, with a minimum of 8 hours a day.

Painless Professional Pool Service Course

Summer Pool Care 101

Knowing that DIY pool maintenance will take a good amount of your time each week, you might start wondering Is Professional Pool Service Worth It? Speaking from over 50 years of experience, Goodall Pools can put your mind at ease about this big question.

Our Prestige Pool Maintenance team can take on your pool’s water care and maintenance with ease and expertise. This frees you up to simply relax and enjoy the water with your family. There will be zero stress and studying when you allow our technicians to do the work for you. 

The experts in pool and spa service are available to open and close your pool — two tasks that will take a lot of time and effort. For your convenience, there are various regular service packages to choose from. Each package includes discounted chemicals and computerized water testing that is accurate and comprehensive. 

Another perk about hiring professionals to maintain your pool is that they do it on a regular basis. This means that their eyes are trained to look for possible maintenance issues that could show up unexpectedly. As a pool owner, you only have one pool to see and concern yourself with. You might not be aware of impending repairs or damage before it’s too late to correct a small problem. 

Our certified technicians will care for your pool and its equipment with the best service possible. This can help your equipment and chemicals last longer. Your Summer Pool Care 101 class is now complete. Take your notes and keep them handy. Contact our retail location nearest you to get your name on our regular maintenance list. 

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