Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Your Pool 


When warm weather hits, you want to be able to enjoy your swim space at a moment’s notice. Keeping a swimming pool clean requires time, energy, attention and diligence. Missing just one cleaning can mean dealing with cloudy water, algae blooms, foul smells and a whole lot of headache. Instead of taking on a cleaning routine yourself, let the experts at Puddle Pool Services shed some light on common mistakes and how to avoid them. 

Skimping on Routine Cleanings 

You might not use your swimming pool on a daily basis but you should be skimming it that often! Letting unwanted items float along water surfaces will end up clogging filters and leading to water contamination. The same goes for vacuuming. Failing to get rid of sunken items will lead to unpleasant visuals and the risk of health and safety issues. At the height of summer pools should be skimmed daily and water chemistry balanced weekly. 

Overlooking Pool Water Chemistry 

It doesn’t take long for untreated water to go cloudy, green or swampy. This is seriously dangerous for anyone looking to take a dip. It’s easy to ignore when water starts to go a little cloudy but it’s all downhill from there! Pool water will switch from cloudy to teal and then green and will then start to develop algae blooms. Pool water should be tested regularly using a specialized testing kit that reports pH levels, chlorine levels, total alkalinity and calcium. 

Overusing Pool Chemicals 

As important as adding chemicals is, they can do more harm than good if they aren’t balanced properly. If chemical levels aren’t balanced you can’t just shock your pool and assume that it is back to being sanitary and usable. Adding extra chlorine or shock doesn’t make water any cleaner or provide any additional protection. In fact, it can cause widespread damage throughout your water system. Harsh chemicals will corrode pool equipment and will cause irritation to anyone swimming inside, stinging eyes and skin. 

Forgetting to Put the Cover On 

Listen, even a seasoned pool owner will forget to put the cover back on a swim space every once in a while. Leaving a swimming pool or hot tub uncovered is a recipe for disaster. This allows leaves, sticks, debris, insects, small pests and other unwanted items to fall into pool water. This puts extra strain on filters, which puts added strain onto pool pumps and motors, leading to expensive and time-consuming repairs. 

Not Brushing Walls & Tiles 

Skimming and vacuuming are often the top priority when it comes to the physical part of pool care but brushing is often overlooked. Forgetting to scrub regularly means dealing with stains down the road. As if stains aren’t bad enough, you can expect to be dealing with algae and scale without regular brushing. On the other hand, scrubbing with the wrong pool brush or tools can tear vinyl liners, scrub away protective coatings and weaken nearby surfaces. 

These are some of the most common pool cleaning mistakes to avoid but they aren’t the only ones! Don’t spend hours a day agonizing about how to properly care for a swim space when you can call Puddle Pool Services instead! Local experts understand how to treat your swimming pool, keeping water systems clean and running at any time of year. The best way to avoid common pool maintenance mistakes? Let us handle your pool cleaning! 

The Puddle Guarantee: Thorough Cleanings For Swimming Pools of All Sizes 

When you want the best results for your swimming pool it is important to have the right tools and techniques at your disposal. You can’t just rely on an automatic pool cleaner to vacuum your pool, removing all debris. It takes elbow grease and a manual vacuum to reach into corners and hard to reach areas. There are tons of online articles with DIY tips for pool care but no one gets better results than an expert! Schedule a pool opening or book a routine cleaning program with your local Puddle Pro today! 

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Your Pool 
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