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Maintaining your pool ensures a clean, safe, and comfortable swimming experience. Our experts have designed this guide to cleaning a swimming pool so that you can learn the basics of pool maintenance, get tips on weekly and monthly maintenance tasks, and discover the benefits of investing in quality pool cleaning products and equipment. By taking the necessary steps to keep your pool in top condition, you can save money in the long run, maintain good hygiene, and prolong the lifespan of your pool.

Pool Maintenance 101

You won’t need a chemistry degree, but getting your pool’s pH right is a non-negotiable for a sparkling and clean pool. The pH level refers to the acidity or alkalinity of your pool’s water. You want to keep your pH levels between 7.2 and 7.8 to ensure a clean, safe, and comfortable swimming experience. Regular checks with a pool testing kit should be part of your new routine. At Emerald Pool & Patio, we carry a variety of top-of-the-line testing kits, such as the Residential Test Kit by Taylor. Testing your pool’s pH level is crucial as it can affect the effectiveness of your pool’s chlorine and other sanitizers. If, after testing, you need to adjust your pH level, you can use pH decreasers or increasers to bring it back to the sweet spot.

Our team of knowledgeable professionals at Emerald Pool & Patio is dedicated to assisting you in finding the ideal test kit tailored to your specific pool requirements. We offer a range of reliable and user-friendly pool test strips from renowned brands like BioGuard. By opting for any of our top-notch pool test kits at Emerald Pool and Patio, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your pool water is safe and healthy for you and your loved ones. Alternatively, Emerald Pool and Patio offers water testing in-store which can assist you in maintaining your pool and help keep you on track. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services!

Swim Secure: Fun, Safety, and Your Pool

As a pool owner, it’s important to remember that regular pool maintenance is not just about keeping your pool sparkling clean and crystal clear; it’s also about ensuring the safety of everyone who uses it. One of the most critical aspects of pool maintenance is safety.

Although the installation of a pool fence is indeed a simple and effective measure for pool safety, especially for new builds where it’s mandated by law in places like Oregon, it may not be as pertinent for existing pools. With that in mind, let’s shift our focus to a solution that caters to both new and existing pools, particularly in-ground ones – the Aquamatic pool safety covers.

Aquamatic pool covers, available at Emerald Pool & Patio, are designed not only to ensure safety but also to cut down on chemical costs, maintain the pool’s temperature, and keep it spotlessly clean. They offer an optimal blend of safety, maintenance efficiency, and robust durability, making them a solid investment for any pool owner.

In addition to pool safety, it’s also important to consider the environmental impact of your pool. A pool requires a significant amount of water, energy, and chemicals to maintain, which can harm the environment. One way to reduce your pool’s environmental impact (and increase its safety!) is to invest in a pool cover. A pool cover can help reduce water evaporation and heat loss, saving you money on your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint.

Want to learn more about how an Aquamatic pool cover can enhance your pool experience? Reach out to us today!

Swimming Pool Cleaning Kits and Chemicals

Maintaining your swimming pool in top-notch condition is like crafting a delicious dish; the right mix of chemicals are essential ingredients. These crucial elements include—chlorine, algaecide, pH increasers and reducers, and calcium hardness increasers. Keep in mind that the cost will vary depending on your pool’s size and the products you select, but investing in quality chemicals is essential to ensuring your pool’s health and lifespan.

At Emerald Pool & Patio, we understand the importance of these ‘vitamins’ for your pool. As Oregon’s largest supplier of pool chemicals, parts, and supplies, we carry an extensive range of products tailored to regular pool maintenance from several reputable brands. Traditional chlorine and salt-based systems are the most popular options among our customers, but we also carry chlorine-free systems such as Baquacil. Both options maintain the clarity and sanitation of your pool water. Wondering what is the best option for you? Talk to one of our technicians today! They’ve received hands-on training from the manufacturers themselves, equipping them with extensive knowledge and experience in managing pool chemicals.

At Emerald Pool & Patio, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality products and the expert guidance needed to maintain your pool’s pristine condition all season long. Furthermore, we offer in-store water testing and professional analysis of your pool water. You can bring in a sample of your pool water, and our experts will perform a thorough assessment to ensure your pool’s health. Visit us today to learn more about how our comprehensive services can support all your pool maintenance needs.

Weekly Swimming Pool Maintenance

Keeping your pool inviting is a week-by-week task. Following this checklist will better help you maintain your pool:

  • Use a debris-evicting skim or net to clear the surface of your pool.
  • Vacuum the pool to suck up dirt and algae from every nook and corner.
  • Brush the pool walls and tiles to prevent the growth of algae.
  • Check the pool filter to ensure optimal circulation and filtration.
  • Test the water’s pH and chlorine levels for adequate pool sanitation.
  • Apply shock treatment after heavy usage or a heavy rainstorm to eliminate resistant microorganisms.
  • Inspect pool equipment for any anomalies, ensuring everything is functioning properly. If something seems off, get it checked by a professional! It’s always better safe than sorry.

Monthly Swimming Pool Maintenance

Some bigger ticket items require less frequent (although still regular) check-ins!

  • Inspect and test pool water levels to ensure your weekly measurements are consistent and within range.
  • Clean or backwash your pool filter, depending on its type or as required.
  • Conduct a thorough inspection of pool equipment. This involves checking for leaks, ensuring pumps and heaters are functioning well, and looking out for any signs of wear and tear.
  • If necessary, consider hiring professional pool maintenance services for regular monthly checks or assistance with more complicated repairs. Contact us today to inquire further!

Pool Maintenance Cost

The cost of pool maintenance will depend on the size of your pool, the frequency of maintenance, and the type of maintenance required. You can save money by performing some maintenance tasks yourself, but it’s important to invest in quality pool-cleaning chemicals and equipment. Hiring a basic professional pool maintenance service can also help you save money in the long run by preventing costly repairs and prolonging the lifespan of your equipment.

Professional Pool Maintenance Service

At times, pool maintenance can seem like a tricky maze. When in doubt, it’s time to call in the experts. Here at Emerald Pool & Patio, our professionals can provide comprehensive services above and beyond the basic maintenance outlined above. From above-ground pool cleaning to swimming pool maintenance for beginners, we’ve got you covered. Our service technicians offer a variety of services, including installation of equipment, troubleshooting, and more extensive needs for a pool. And if a specific product needs to be serviced, we will service it, whether or not you purchased the item with us. We even do water testing and analysis for your swimming pools!

Emerald Pool and Patio is home to the largest pool parts department in Oregon. Bring your parts and problems to us, or have our Service Technicians come to you! Our experienced technicians have the right tools, knowledge, and expertise to handle any pool-related issues. So take a break and let us ensure your pool stays in tip-top condition.

The Bottom Line on Pool Maintenance

When it comes to pool maintenance, it’s important to remember that prevention is better than cure. By sticking to a regular maintenance routine and addressing any issues as soon as they arise, you can prevent costly repairs and prolong the lifespan of your pool. It’s also important to hire a professional pool maintenance service to perform regular maintenance tasks and diagnose any potential issues before they become major problems.

Owning a swimming pool can be a source of joy and relaxation, but it comes with responsibilities. By understanding the basics of pool maintenance and safety, investing in quality pool cleaning products and equipment, and taking the necessary steps to reduce your pool’s environmental impact, you can ensure that your pool remains a personal oasis for years to come. So go ahead, dive in, and enjoy your beautiful pool with family and friends!

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