The Florida sun is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, we have the privilege of warm winters, so it still makes sense to take a dip in December. But since we keep our pools open perennially, it’s easy to focus on the day-to-day maintenance and forget about the big-fix list items.
When Memorial Day Weekend is only a few months away, the need to prepare for peak pool season was yesterday. And if you’ve had your pool for over a year, this won’t be your first rodeo — but it might not be the easiest, either.
Pools do have a lifespan. If yours is nearing the 10-year milestone, it’s past time you assessed the damage. Here’s what you need to look out for before you even pull out the sanitation checklist.
1. Do You Really Need to Drain it?
Conventional wisdom says you should drain your pool every few years. But here’s the right answer: when it’s absolutely necessary.
Pool walls can retain hard minerals and micronutrients over time, which stain your pool and throw off your chemical balances. Your pool might need scrubbing, but this comes with a risk.
Florida might be the Sunshine State, but the nickname “Afternoon Thunderstorm State” would also be equally appropriate. Heavy rains flood pools, but they also flood the surrounding area and increase the water table. If you drain your pool when the water table’s high, the underground water pressure’s force could be much higher than the weight of your empty pool. If this is the case, your pool might literally “pop” out of the ground and ruin your investment.
If you ever feel like you need to drain your pool for a complete scrub-down, it’s very important you contact your pool professionals first. They’ll help you determine whether it’s necessary and safe to do so.
2. Check for Cracks
Do you have any fading or visible cracks in your pool? Just forget about how it looks for a second, because it might be a sign of a more serious problem. A crack in your pool’s plaster or concrete could mean that it’s leaking and your pool is losing water.
If this happens to you, it’s a good time to consider resurfacing your pool sooner rather than later. One recommendation that we make is Diamond Brite, a durable and stain-resistant quartz finish that lasts for years to come. Talk with one of our specialists as soon as possible and let’s find a fix together!
3. The Algae Agenda
Have you noticed that it’s taking more and more chlorine than usual to keep your water balanced? If so, it might be algae buildup that’s plaguing your pool. Sure, it’s gross, but it’s also ruining your pool water’s alkalinity.
It’s very common for algae to appear when chlorine is less than 1 part per million (ppm). Over time, your pool will inevitably build up with nitrogen, which is a food source for algae. The more nitrogen in your pool, the more it eliminates chlorine’s sanitation properties and gives algae the chance to grow.
So, what’s a pool owner to do? Chlorine alone won’t do the job; it might make your algae problem even worse. You should shock the pool first, then add an algaecide AFTER the pool shock and once chlorine levels are below 5 ppm.
If the above doesn’t work, you might be dealing with a very stubborn algae species. Green algae is the first to come to mind; but there are several more, and they’re tougher on pools than you think. To paraphrase Jaws, “We’re going to need a bigger pool cleaning service.” If that’s the case, check out our many cleaning packages and products.
4. Make an Electrical Check
They don’t make electrical components like they used to; in fact, they’re much more reliable and eco-friendly now. New LED lights can last 6 times longer and use less energy than their outdated counterparts. Energy-efficient heating and filtration options could also save you hundreds (if not thousands) in the long run. Even automatic, EasyTouch® systems save you time and energy by automating chemical dispersion, water temperature, feature controls, and more.
It’s never been easier to enjoy your poolside relaxation time. Low-voltage pool components are safer, more cost-effective, and easier to use then ever before.
Isn’t it time your backyard could use a makeover? Give us a call today or request a service quote to get started!