If you’re a swimming pool owner or if you’re in the process of becoming a swimming pool owner, pool contractors that serve the Virginia, Maryland and DC areas will tell you that they bring luxury beyond compare, but they also bring work and maintenance responsibilities. A swimming pool provides a place right in your own backyard where you can relax, rejuvenate and spend time with friends and family. It is a great
space to build memories and have fun with your children. It is also a backyard months-long vacation “destination.” When you add it all up, there are myriad reasons to own your own pool.
Remember though, that a pool is not all fun, entertaining and games. It also requires upkeep and maintenance to keep the water free of bacteria and clear of contaminants. To assure you can enjoy every minute in your pool that you have available, you will want to make sure it’s been thoroughly cleaned and serviced. Many pool owners work with swimming pool service contractors like those from Town & Country Pools to keep the water clean and clear. A dedicated pool service company allows you to use the pool for enjoyment without having to worry that the chemicals will be out of balance.
Here, though are a few steps that a pool owner should take between service visits:
- Ask your pool service contractor what kinds of equipment you should have on hand for cleaning purposes between visits. He will likely recommend a skimming net, a vacuum and even a pool water testing kit. The skimmer net makes it easy to scoop up any floating debris before it settles to the bottom of the pool or clogs your filter.
- Depending on the length of time between service visits and the amount of use your pool sees, you may want to invest in a pool cleaning brush that you will use to scrub down the walls and floor. This will help eliminate the potential for algae growth.
- If you’re comfortable adding chemicals between service visits you may want to ask your pool contractor which chemicals you should keep on hand and in what amounts to add them — based on the chemical test readings you get when you test the water.
Diligent swimming pool cleaning will help keep your pool water clean and crystal clear!
Town & Country Pool Builders, answer, “should I renovate my pool”?
Is your swimming pool showing signs of love and wear? Have you purchased a home that came with a swimming pool? Do you want to add some oomph to your existing pool without performing a complete remodel? If so you may be asking, “should I renovate my pool”? To that, the swimming pool contractor from Town & Country Pools explain, you might want to undertake a complete remodel, an upgrade to existing pool equipment to more energy efficient models, or you might want to add water features. Now that the 2016 swim season is under way you may be thinking of ways to upgrade before the season starts next year — and this is the ideal time to do just that!
A swimming pool renovation project could be part of a “want to do” list or a “must do” list to address pool flaws or to replace equipment. Here are some to consider:
- Is the tile cracked or faded? Fading may mean you’ll want an upgrade for aesthetic reasons. Cracked tiles are a must do list because they can lead to an injury or could lead to further structural damage.
- Is your pool leaking? Harsh weather leads to cracking a potential leak. A leaking pool wastes money, but damage the structural integrity.
- Is it time to expand your pool to accommodate a larger family If you can’t swim laps, it might be time to extend the length. If you have a lap pool that is too small to accommodate family fun, you may want a larger pool.
- Do you ant a diving board or slide? A hot tub or spa? A fountain? Tanning shelves? Add those to your wish list of pool remodeling projects.
- Are you using a single speed pump? Did you know this could be costing you an inordinate amount of money? Ask us about the money-saving benefits of a variable speed pool pump.
- Upgrade or update your pool filter to a different style.
- Ask us for ideas on renovation items that make sense based on the way your family uses the pool.
After we’ve inspected the structure and equipment, sit down and prepare a budget for the items and determine which ones to begin and get on the contractors’ construction schedule and you’ll greet the 2015 swim season with a “new to you” pool!