How Clear Is Your Pool?
If you’ve already got a professional doing your pool cleaning, service then you’re off to a great start in ensuring a long, reliable life for your pool. But beyond that, there are a few things you can do every day to contribute to the long lifespan of your swimming pool. One of those small, but important things is keeping your pool clear of foreign matter.
It Hurts Your Chemistry
Depending on how large your property is, how it’s landscaped, and what kind of yards your neighbors have, foreign matter falling into your pool can have a big effect on the chemicals of your pool. You may have trees that shed leaves, or you may cut your grass but leave the clippings on the ground as natural fertilizer. Your neighbors may also have trees with leaves that drift in the wind.
Plant matter that falls into your pool should not be left unattended until your regular pool cleaning service arrives, especially if that’s several days away. The addition of organic materials into the water is essentially like creating a “soup.” Those leaves, grass clippings and other remains alter the chemistry level in the pool, which can then have some big unintended effects like encouraging algae to grow, thus making the water turn green and making it unsafe to swim in.
Another thing to watch out for is animal waste. If you have pets that used the swimming pool to relieve themselves, or birds roosting in the trees are using your swimming pool as a toilet, this can pose a health issue. Even raccoons have been known to use a pool as a toilet, and this is not something you should wait on.
As unpleasant as it may be, when you see things that clearly don’t belong in your swimming pool, you’re doing your pool and your wallet a favor by removing them now, rather than waiting for the pool cleaning service to do it on their appointed day, especially if someone wants to use the pool on that day.