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Maintenance, Safety and More: 5 Essential Tips Every First Time Pool Owner Should Know

May 1st 2024

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Owning a swimming pool is fun! However, there’s a lot to know about pool maintenance, especially if you’ve never had a pool before. First time pool owners who aren’t prepared for the learning curve might soon become overwhelmed.

Before opening your pool for your first season, let’s review some essential information all first-time pool owners should know to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.

1. Maintenance is Key

The most important thing to know about owning a pool is that maintenance is key. Pools require regular upkeep to stay clean and safe for swimmers. Make sure you invest in the necessary equipment to keep your pool in top condition, such as a pool brush, skimmer net and pool vacuum. Additionally, you will need to invest in pool chemicals to balance the pH levels, kill bacteria and prevent algae growth.
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2. Focus on Safety

Pool safety is crucial, especially if you have young children or pets. For security and peace of mind, invest in safety equipment, such as a pool fence, pool alarm and pool cover. Younger swimmers should wear pool safety vests. Pool floats and kickboards are fun toys, but they’re also important swim aids for weak swimmers. Additionally, ensure that all swimmers know how to swim and are supervised by an adult at all times.

As a pool owner, it never hurts to know basic first aid techniques. The American Red Cross offers a range of instructional courses in towns across the U.S., including CPR/AED instruction and water safety certification.

3. Know Your Pool

Understanding your pool's features and how to operate them is essential. Read the owner's manual and familiarize yourself with the different components of your pool, such as the filter, pump and heater. It's also important to know how to adjust the water level and how to backwash the filter.
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4. Weather Changes

The weather can have a significant impact on your pool. In the summer, the heat can cause the water to evaporate quickly, requiring you to top up the water level regularly. In contrast, during the winter, you will need to prepare your pool for colder temperatures to prevent damage to the pool equipment.

5. Contact a Professional

If you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure about pool maintenance, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A pool service technician can provide regular maintenance services to keep your pool in top condition. Additionally, they can assist you with any repairs or upgrades to your pool equipment
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Be Prepared for Fun!

Owning a pool can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it does require some effort and attention. Regular maintenance, pool safety, knowing your pool, being aware of weather changes, and seeking professional help when needed are all essential components of pool ownership that will help you enjoy your swimming pool for years to come.

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