First thing first. Before you become the master of your own pool you really should understand its components. Pools are fairly simple to figure out, so it won’t take long to wrap your head around the ins and outs of your new expensive water toy.
1. The Pool’s Water
The pool’s water will require balancing; this is done through water treatment systems and water balancing chemistry. It might initially sound quite complicated, but that’s only natural when first understanding how to maintain your pool as a beginner.
The water must be balanced as it will help to maintain the pool structure itself and any additional equipment, such as pool ladders and the pool pump. Do yourself a favour and spend enough time on this, so you’ll save yourself some expensive grief later on.
2. The Pool’s Interior Wall or Liner
Pool liners can vary from one pool to another. Some pool liners are made of solid walls, whereas others have a lining sheet made of vinyl. No surprise here, how you care for your pool liner will depend on its type.
Pool liners need to be cared for, as although it might not appear that they do much apart from making the pool look inviting, they also help retain the pool’s water. Pool vinyl liners can be expected to last between 10 – 15 years, but many factors can affect their lifespan.
3. The Pool’s Filtration System
No doubt, the filtration system is one of the most vital parts of your pool. The filtration system works using a pump to push water through the skimmers and various other filters before returning the clean water to the pool itself.
The filtration pump is also used for various other deep-cleaning tasks, which is why it is crucial that you pay attention.
4. The Pool’s Cover
Pool covers are easily forgotten about, especially by beginners, but there’s a lot of value in them. You’ll find various different types of pool covers, including:
- Indoor covers
- Safety covers
- Winter pool covers
- Solar pool covers
- Automatic covers
Pool covers do more than keeping leaves and those pesky insects at bay; they can also help lock in heat, protect the chemicals in the water, and prevent people or animals from falling into the pool (that’s slightly drunk Uncle Paul every damn Christmas). Therefore, it pays to invest in a good swimming pool cover and roller.