Pools are synonymous with relaxed summer fun. However, maintaining a pool can prove to be just the opposite. People often struggle to keep their pool clean during non-summer months, which can lead to costly damages.
Ed Frazier, owner of Rosepine Pools and Spas, has been providing pool maintenance in the area for over 12 years.
Frazier has a few tips and tricks for maintaining a pool all year long. “In-ground pools can be kept clean all year long,” said Frazier. “It is important that you keep your pump running year ‘round, and have your water tested at least three times per year.”
Pool water can be tested with a basic pool water testing kit, which can be bought at most stores.
Frazier stressed how important regular pool work is, in keeping a clean pool. “Think of cleaning your pool in the way you would think of cleaning your yard. If you mow your grass once a week, then clean your pool once a week. Scoop the leaves and pine straw out with a net on a weekly basis. Be sure to shock your pool with chemicals as needed.”
Frazier also noted a common misconception about chlorine in pools. “A lot of people believe that when the water causes your eyes to burn, it is because there is too much chlorine in the water. However, it is really because the water is too acidic. The best way to remedy this is to adjust your total alkalinity.”
The alkalinity of a pool can be checked with a basic pool water testing kit. If the total alkalinity of a pool becomes too high marbelite and plaster walls can be damaged, metals in the pool could corrode, the pool's walls and floor can stain, the water can turn green, and it will burn if it gets into a swimmer’s eyes.
Frazier regularly answers questions about pool maintenance online. Contact Rosepine Pools and Spas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 337-463-2263.