8 Common Pool Care Mistakes to Avoid

Pool upkeep involves various tasks, some of which are simpler than others. While making errors is necessary for learning, some mistakes can endanger pool owners. You can maintain your pool safer, cleaner, and more effectively, operating with less mess and aggravation if you educate yourself on typical pool care errors.

  • Adding shock to pool water

Concentrated chlorine is essentially what we refer to as a “pool shock” chemical. Anything that enters your pool can be bleached by chlorine at high concentrations. If your pool has a vinyl liner, adding shock directly to the water can be disastrous. The shock grains will bleach out your liner and sink to the bottom. Leaks are caused by the bleached region becoming brittle and weak. Before shocking your pool, pre-dissolve the chemical in a pail of water. Doing this will distribute the shock more equally throughout the water, safeguarding your pool’s liner, walls, and bottom.

  • Cleaning algae with an automated cleaner

Pool algae management is challenging enough. When vacuuming is added to the list, you might switch out your pool for a less maintenance-intensive option. Even though it takes a bit more work, it’s simple to fix this extremely typical pool maintenance mistake. It will be necessary to use the manual vacuum. Remove the drain stopper or set your filter to “waste.” Be aware that while you are losing some water, you are also losing the algae.

Disregarding pH and alkalinity values

Your pool water is particularly acidic if the pH is very low. Your swimming pool’s equipment, such as:

  1. Pump and filter for the pool.
  2. Heater.
  3. Automatic pool cleaner.
  4. Chemical feeder.
  5. Tools for maintenance.
  6. Solar blanket.

Your pH remains steady when acidity and alkalinity are balanced. Make sure you test your pool water frequently because anything may quickly alter the chemistry of the water. Once everything is back in balance, adjust your levels with a pH increaser, an alkalinity increaser, and other crucial chemicals.

  • Adding shock to the skimmer

Your filtration system could blow up if you do this. Chlorine and calcium hypochlorite, sometimes known as dichlor pool shock, produce a dangerous gas. Suppose you pour shock into the skimmer and have an automatic chlorinator connected to your filter system. In that case, the two chemicals will interact in very little space and have a lethal outcome. Keep your pool shock and skimmer a far, long way apart. Always add shock as the manufacturer directs while donning the necessary safety gear.

  • Shocking pool during the day

When shocking your pool, the daytime is ideal for relaxing in it. Unstabilised chlorine is a shock. The sun will burn out 1 ppm per hour, which is unsuitable for pool shock, decreasing the effectiveness of your chemicals and costing you money. To give your pool shock the time it needs to work, shock at night.

  • Not leveraging calcium hardness.

A clear, clean, and secure swimming pool depends on the calcium hardness of your water is balanced, like pH. And while too much will cause the water to become cloudy, a little hardness is beneficial. It helps make materials like vinyl liners, concrete, plaster, fibreglass, and filters endure longer.

To keep your calcium hardness at the advised range of 175 ppm to 225 ppm, you can use a calcium hardness increaser (200 ppm to 275 ppm for concrete and plaster pools). When you open your pool, add it to reach the desired level. Throughout the swimming season, keep checking it since splash out and evaporation can cause the levels to fall dangerously low.

  • Need to run the pool system more.

Run the pool pump and filter for at least eight hours each day. This should be sufficient time for all of the water to travel through the filter, maintaining clearer water, depending on the size of your pool.

  • Not testing water regularly.

One of the most crucial pool maintenance procedures is your weekly water testing, which can alert you to minor chemistry problems before they turn into severe catastrophes. So, using test strips or a liquid test kit, we advise testing your pool’s water at least once each week. Once a month, at the very least, take a sample of your pool’s water to your neighbourhood pool supply business for a thorough study.

The primary levels you should be testing for are: 

  1. pH and alkalinity.
  2. Calcium hardness.
  3. Chlorine stabiliser.
  4. Levels of sodium and total dissolved solids (TDS).
  5. Iron and copper.