Pool Care Resolutions to Make — and Stick to — in 2022
With the close of one year and the start of a new one, many people start to think about New Year’s resolutions. But instead of the “New Year, New You” mentality, why not consider a “New Year, New Pool” mantra? For pool owners that want to resolve to take better care of their pools in 2022, the experts at Aquaman Pools offer the following pool care resolution tips and how to stick to them!
Test the Chemicals Weekly — One of the easiest ways to ensure a healthy pool is to keep the pool water chemically balanced. So keeping tabs on this on a weekly basis can save pool owners a lot of time and hassle in the long run. Resolve to test those chemicals once a week with a test kit or tabs or bring the water into a local pool shop.
Skim the Pool Surface (Almost) Daily — Skimming the surface not only clears debris and organic load from the water, it helps with circulation. Circulation is a vital part of keeping the pool water healthy, too so this task kills two birds with one stone. Resolve to skim and sweep — daily if the pool lies near lots of falling leaves and foliage or after a heavy rain or windstorm, or every other day if it is fairly protected from dropping elements.
Run the Pump — The pump filters the water but also circulates it, which, as mentioned earlier, is great for the health of the pool water. Make sure the pump is running at least eight hours in the wintertime and even longer in the in the summer when the pool experiences high usages.
Empty the Skimmer and Filter Baskets — Keeping these emptied out prevents clogging, which can lead to stagnant water and even pump burnout. When the pool equipment is running efficiently, it’s better for the pool itself.
Check for Cracks, Leaks and Other Wear and Tear — Speaking of pool equipment, over time it can wear down and may need some maintenance from time to time. Keeping a close eye on equipment, checking for leaks and other damage and getting it repaired right away can help pool owners avoid the high cost of replacing equipment if a small issue turns into a big one. This is something that a pool owner can do every other week or so, but it should definitely be considered as a routine part of the pool care resolution list!
When it comes to setting any goals and resolutions, it helps to prepare and set oneself up for success! That is the case when it comes to pool care too. Consider setting some reminders on a phone or putting them on a paper calendar (for those old fashioned types!) as a nudge to test those chemicals or skim the surface. Do it on the same day every week, such as a Sunday, can also help pool owners remember their pool chores. Or tack it on to another outside chore that is already like second nature such as mowing the lawn or trimming the bushes, just as long as it’s a chore that is done as often as the pool needs it’s care.