Having a swimming pool is a genuinely wonderful thing. With many of us still residing at home, swimming in your own pool is a terrific way to stay active and have fun with your close family. Throughout the pandemic, many more individuals have inquired about establishing a private pool when it is safe to do so, and one of the main subjects of conversation is pool maintenance.

Swimming pools are, by definition, a breeding ground for germs that may become rather hostile if not properly maintained. However, the frequency with which a pool should be treated is still a subject for debate. With 30 years of expertise servicing and maintaining pools, we know that consistency and regularity of care is critical in order to keep the pool healthy.

You may believe that because your pool is tiny or does not see a lot of dirt or debris, the pool cleaning chemicals will last longer, but this is not always the case. The true talent is in maintaining the chemical balance at a consistent level.

If you use too much too frequently, it can lead to dangerous water, but if you use too little and not frequently enough, the pool can begin to suck minerals from the finish on your pool, leaving you with a faded finish. And that's before we even get to algae, which will change crystal-clear pool water into an unappealing green over time.

Consider how frequently you service your pool, similar to how frequently you take out your recycling for weekly pickup. If you skip one week, it's not a big deal, but if you miss many weeks, the recycling piles up and becomes unattractive and unmanageable.

Although it's best to stick to your professional servicing schedule, missing one clean isn't a disaster; however, ignore this for a few weeks, or worse, months, and you'll find problems with the water balance, as well as legions of algae and debris clogging up your beautiful pool.

The most aggravating aspect of allowing a pool to deteriorate due to a lack of regular maintenance is that the longer it is ignored, the more difficult it may be to return it to a healthy, safe condition, which may mean the pool cannot be used in the meantime. Thus, our recommendation is to have frequent planned expert service, preferably by the same pool engineer so they can get understanding of your pool.

'Regularly' implies different things to different pool owners, and it depends on your pool. It is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Set out a service plan with your pool company and then stick to it. This will guarantee that your pool is in good operating order and safe for you and your family to swim in. If you have an outdoor pool, add a winter service plan; even though the pool will be closed at that point, it still needs care and attention.

In between expert services, there are things you can keep an eye on and do yourself, such as emptying skimmers and cleaning debris from the water using a pool net on outdoor pools. Otherwise, your drains and pumps may get clogged, and replacing or repairing pumps as well as clearing clogged drains may be costly and time-consuming.

It may appear sensible to let minor faults to collect and have them addressed in a single large monthly service, but this might cause complications. It's considerably preferable to take the 'little and often' approach and get any minor niggles resolved during frequent service appointments. This will keep the pool fresh.

A private swimming pool adds value to a home while also providing a great area to workout and relax. Maintaining the pool in good condition, keeping it safe to use entails frequent servicing and maintenance, which eventually reduces overall costs. Serious repairs caused by carelessness result in wasteful spending and pool downtime. Let's avoid both!