When it comes to pool repairs, prevention is better than cure – it’s better to carry out the correct pool maintenance on an ongoing basis to avoid expensive maintenance into the future. So, what are the best ways to avoid having to carry out repairs? As the experts in pool service and repair, we’re here to share our top tips to help reduce the need for pool repairs in the future.
1. Be consistent with the maintenance
Consistency is critical when it comes to pool maintenance, and keeping on top of regular maintenance tasks can help you to avoid problems emerging. Scoop your pool regularly to get rid of debris and leaves and empty your skimmer box so your filter can work properly. You also need to scrub the sides and steps of your pool to loosen any dirt and put your pool vacuum to if you have one. Carrying out regular cleaning of your pool helps keep your water clean and balanced and enables you to pick up on any issues. You can also get in a professional pool technician to take the hard work out!
2. Regularly check your equipment
Replacing pool equipment can be an expensive exercise, and you don’t want to have to be calling your pool technician, too, usually to sort out problems. One of the easiest ways to avoid pool repairs is to check your pool filter and pump periodically. This means watching out for signs that the equipment isn’t working efficiently, checking for signs of wear and tear, replacing worn components such as ball bearings, and cleaning out the skimmer box and pump basket.
3. Keep an eye on your water level
It’s important to keep your water level – the water in your pool should sit halfway up the skimmer box. If your water levels drop too low, it can damage your filter. Remember that the water level can drop very quickly during the hot summer months, so don’t let it get away from you!
4. Clean the filter regularly
Your filter is responsible for keeping your water free from dirt and debris, and it needs to be maintained correctly to ensure that it continues to operate efficiently. If you have a sand filter, you need to backwash regularly – this should be at least weekly during the summer months when the pool is infrequent use. If you have a sand filter, you should be regularly checking the cartridge element and gently hosing it off once it accumulates dirt and debris.
5. Protect your pool pump
Your pool pump is the most important piece of pool equipment, so it’s worth taking care of it. This means you should be careful when you keep it, so it’s protected from the elements. Many pool owners keep their pool pump in the shed, which is perfect for year-round protection. If this isn’t an option, you purchase a pump box or build a shelter. Also, remember to keep pool chemicals well away from the pump.
6. Install quality equipment
One of the best pieces of advice we can give if you want to avoid expensive repairs is to invest in proper quality pool equipment in the first place. If you opt for a less than a reputable brand, it can mean that you aren’t guaranteed the quality and longevity of the equipment. Do your research and ask your local pool shop for advice if you’re in the market for new pool equipment – they’ll be able to introduce you to proven brands that stand the test of time.
7. Balance your pool’s pH levels
Unbalanced pH levels in your pool can cause irritation to the skin and eyes of pool users. However, it can also damage your equipment – too acidic, and it can cause corrosion, too alkaline, and it can cause build-up on the pool surfaces. Keep your pH between 72. and 7.6 – during the summer months, you should be testing the water at least weekly. You can bring your water into your local pool shop, or you can use an at-home test kit.
8. Don’t ignore equipment problems
If you notice that your equipment isn’t working as it should, don’t ignore the challenge and hope it goes away. Instead, it’s best to get the professionals in to take a look. In many cases, the problem is easily fixed in the short term, but it can become problematic in the longer term and can sometimes mean you need expensive replacements. Watch out for issues such as your pump making screeching noises, the pressure of your pool equipment being high despite regular maintenance, and your filter not cleaning the water as efficiently as it usually does.
9. Get professional pool servicing
One of the easiest ways to avoid expensive pool repairs is to invest in regular professional pool servicing. Your pool technician will not only leave your water looking pristine, but they’ll also check your equipment and carry out small maintenance tasks as necessary. This means that any issues are addressed immediately rather than waiting until they become more significant (and more expensive!) problems. They can also offer you tips for correctly maintaining your pool between services.
At Pool Assist offers professional pool service and repairs for commercial and domestic pools across the Perth metro area. Our experienced team of certified technicians has the necessary experience to diagnose and repair issues with your pool equipment. We also carry out expert servicing to ensure your pool looks. It is a sparkling best. We work with your schedule, whether you regularly want fortnightly servicing or the occasional visit before the swimming season begins.