Summer is here and with above average temperatures this week, my husband and I are expecting a few pool guests! A few years ago when my husband and I decided to downsize we bought a home with a pool. Excited for our first summer with a pool we knew it would be put to good use! Spending time with our kids, grandkids, extended family and friends has always been important to us, and since I love cooking and entertaining it just made sense to have a great outdoor space. However, the first year we had a bit of a learning curve, realizing that as fun as it is, maintaining a pool takes a bit of work.
Here are my Top 5 Tips on how to make sure your pool looks great this summer:
Have a pool guy! My husband who is retired is the best pool guy around! Lol. He works hard at making sure the pool is sparkling clean and well maintained. I am very lucky!!
Have a trustworthy, reliable service person. We are very fortunate to have been referred to an experienced pool repair man. Our repair man opens and closes the pool, as well as trouble shoots any issues that may arise.
For a truly pristine pool like my husband keeps, be prepared to skim your pool daily. If you have a bit of money to spend, consider buying a robot vacuum that will clean the bottom for you.
Keep your chemical levels balanced, as this is a crucial aspect of pool maintenance. Improperly balanced water looks murky, irritates skin and eyes, and can cause your pool to become a breeding ground for bacteria. Test your chemical levels weekly.
As important as the chemical composition of the water is, the physical water level is just as important. Our levels always fluctuate depending on the amount of rainfall or kids splashing and playing. You will want to maintain a level that is halfway up the opening of your skimmer. When you have reached the appropriate water level remember to recheck the chemicals as water level fluctuation may have thrown them off balance.
I hope you find these tips helpful and take the time to enjoy your pool this year. I know I was super excited to open ours! At the tail end of Covid lockdowns and restrictions, anticipating the return of family gatherings, I feel so grateful to be able to spend more time with those I love.