A well-maintained pool can serve as an impressive centerpiece to neighborhood get-togethers, but you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and put in a little elbow grease if you want your pool to sparkle. If you have a new pool or renovated pool, it can be quite a novelty to care for it. But once the thrill is gone, you might wonder if it would be better to hire someone to take care of your pool for you. [bctt tweet=”Pool maintenance is absolutely crucial to spot problems before they snowball.” username=”AquascapesPool”]
The Importance of Pool Maintenance
Keeping your pool clean and clear doesn’t have to be as challenging as you might think. All pools are different, so their specific maintenance needs vary. However, they all require preventative care and maintenance.
When to Do It Yourself
- You have time to test your pool water each week, and treat accordingly
- You’re physically able to clean debris out of your pool every couple of days
- You understand the pumps and filters and how to check that they’re working correctly
- You’re familiar with pool chemicals and know how to handle and use them
When to Hire Someone
- You have a busy schedule and little free time to clean and treat your pool
- You travel frequently, sometimes for days or weeks at a time
- You are not familiar with how the pool pumps and filters function
- You do not know how to read pool testing strips or water analysis results
When to Call a Pro
A DIY approach to pool maintenance is fine for daily and weekly maintenance, but if your pool experiences serious issues, changes water color dramatically or stops running, you need to call a pro. The longer you let a small problem go, the larger it may become.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Skimming debris. Testing water chemistry. Scrubbing grime off your pool walls and steps. Not exactly what you envisioned with you imagined owning your own pool. And yet these tedious tasks are as much a part of pool ownership as a game of Marco Polo! It’s no wonder many people choose to outsource their pool maintenance, but ultimately, it’s your decision. If you have the time and the know-how, why not DIY?
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