4 Things You Must Never Do to Your Pool

by | Dec 27, 2016 | Austin Pool Builders | 0 comments

4 Things You Must Never Do To Your Pool

Owning a swimming pool is every homeowner’s dream. Moreover, it’s a serious investment that requires regular maintenance to operate smoothly. Lack of maintaining your pool will only lead towards failure. Unfortunately, most homeowners end up doing the wrong thing with their pools which could end up being costly in the long run.

To help you make the most out of your swimming pool, here are some things you must never do to your pool.

Drain your pool

The majority of pools are not meant to be drained. Draining your pool can lead to concrete shell stability issues; causing water to find it’s way under structures such as your home’s foundation, and potentially damaging these structures. The only real reason to drain your pool, albeit partially, is to change the chemical composition or the water, or to replaster. Both of these situations could require a professional to be done correctly.

Add random chemicals

This mostly happens with novice pool owners. Just adding random chemicals to your pool is a terrible idea. These chemicals could lead to big problem with your water chemistry. Furthermore, this could lead to failure of expensive components such as heaters. The same applies to people who use second hand pool chemicals donated by their friends or family.

High chlorine levels only lead to a pungent smell and irritation to swimmers. Conversely, low levels of chlorine only turn your pool green. Try to balance the chemicals in your pool to maintain the right PH.

Ignore leaks

If you notice a leak in an area of your pool, this could be an indication that the pool is broken somewhere. A major problem could be brewing even if the water leaks into the ground, Leaking water washes away sand, erodes soil and undermine your pool decks. Moreover, the water can travel underground to the foundation of your home.

Any leak should be immediately fixed to prevent further damage to your pool.

Turn your pump off for more than 24 hours

Turning your pump seems like the easiest thing when your family is away from home. However, the reality is that you may be coming home to a green swimming pool, or disrupting the chemical balance. Here in Central Texas, we run our pools year round to help maintain that chemical balance, and to limit any damage to the pump system. To avoid these problems, you can hire a pool service company or a pool sitter to check on your pool when you are away.

These are some of the things you should never do to your pool. To learn more about swimming pool care and maintenance, consult an Austin pool building company.