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The swimming pool service contractors from ACC Pool Care in Menifee, California know that caring for a swimming pool can certainly be a do it yourself task, but they say, don’t make these 5 pool care mistakes or you may find yourself with an algae-filled pool.

Swimming pools are luxurious getaways right in your own backyard, as long as they are properly cared for. The last thing you want to think about is whether the pool water is clean enough to swim in because you can’t remember the last time you checked the chemicals or added chemicals!

One thing you want to avoid is making a pool maintenance mistake — sure, many of them can be easily addressed, but some will cost you more money and time than you’d anticipated and can also leave your pool out of commission!

 Don’t make these 5 pool care mistakes

  1. Don’t add pool chemicals in the heat of the day. Why? If you do that, they will burn off and evaporate more quickly. Adding pool chemicals in the daytime also means you can’t swim because you won’t want to swim in newly added chemicals. When you add them at night when you’re done swimming for the day, the pump will circulate them overnight and you can swim in the morning.
  2. When is the last time you’ve checked the water chemistry? If you don’t remember, then go do it now! If you keep forgetting when you checked last, write it on a calendar or set a reminder in your phone to test them and to add the chemicals needed.
  3. Skimping on the number of hours the pool pump is run daily. Plan to run a pool pump at least twelve — maybe more — hours per day. Ask us how many hours it needs to be run to circulate the water and chemicals fully.
  4. Not brushing the pool thoroughly enough and forgetting to brush behind the pool steps. Don’t skimp on the time you take brushing the entire pool — don’t forget the deep end, too. Tiles are a place where algae spores can hide and when the conditions are right algae bloom will take over.
  5. Not using the pool cover diligently enough. Using a pool cover will help save you on pool clean up time, help save on chemical use and protect it from evaporation.

Ask us for a lesson on pool maintenance if you’re planning to take on the role yourself. You may find you spend more money and definitely more time, doing it yourself!