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Araura Poolz Serving Johannesburg Area 011 954 6005/083 572 9998
Emperal Pools & Paving Serving Randburg & JHB Area 084 288 1097
Iconn Spa’s Serving Randburg & JHB Area 011 791 2229
Electro Clinic Fontainebleau 011 791 6121
Abacus Gardens (PTY) LTD North Riding 0861 617 181
Tnt Pool Services Serving Randburg & JHB Area 072 882 6808
Pool & Pump Centre CC Honeydew 011 795 4248
Amanzi Pools Serving Randburg & JHB Area 084 517 6064
Classic Cleaning Service Eagle Canyon 082 490 3230
CleanLink Sandton 083 304 1556
Maids & Mops Boskruin 083 544 9847      
Joburg Pools Serving Gauteng 082 762 1121


Articles on Pool Maintenance

Swimming pool maintenance that can save you some money

12 Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes:

  1. Not checking your pool’s chemistry often enough. Check the pool’s chemistry once per week in the summer and once per week in the winter. By doing this you can make minor adjustments to your water chemistry instead of big adjustments that create a wild up and down graph of activity.
  2. Allowing pH to get above 8.0. At 8.5 chlorine is only 10% active. At 7.0 it is about 73% active. By just maintaining pH around 7.5 the chlorine is 50-60% active. Keeping the pH in check will allow you to use to the full potential the chlorine that is already in the pool.
  3. Not keeping alkalinity between 80-140 PPM. Low or high alkalinity can affect water balance and ultimately a sanitizer’s ability to perform.
  4. Not checking TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) or calcium hardness on a regular basis. Check TDS every 6 months and calcium hardness every month. These also affect water balance which is different from sanitation, although related.
  5. Not cleaning the cells in salt water systems (chlorine generators). Corroded or calcified cells will produce little chlorine.
  6. Backwashing sand filters too often. If you do this, the filter can never reach its cleaning potential. If you backwash on a regular basis for no reason, you are wasting water. Most filters require backwashing when the pressure gauge rises 68kpa from clean.
  7. Not cleaning the skimmer basket and/or hair and lint pot in the pool pump often enough. If these are full of debris you will get little flow resulting in poor circulation, potentially creating a big problem.
  8. Adding chemicals, especially liquid chlorine, during the day. Try to add chemicals in the evening after the sun has set. You will get more out of them.
  9. Not brushing the walls and tile down often enough. If your circulation system is suspect, and many are, brushing down the walls will help eliminate algae problems. Keeping your tiles clean will save you money. Once the tile gets calcified it becomes like plaque and will take a specialist to get it off.
  10. Make sure that you keep the space between the bottom of the cantilever on the deck and the top of the tile in check. If this cracks, then put in some silicon. You do not want water migrating from the inside of the pool out under the decking.
  11. Not running pumps long enough. You should run your pump about 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature. This assumes you have a decent circulation system. It is ALL about the FLOW! Circulation IS the key to a low maintenance swimming pool.
  12. Not replacing broken suction sources. This is a real and dangerous hazard. The same could be said for defective door/gate closers and fences in disrepair.


Keep pool clean and crystal clear

If you have your own swimming pool, you and your family are surely privileged. As an owner, however, you should undergo swimming pool maintenance training to help you keep your precious pool clean, cool, and beneficial to your health.

Whether or not you use your pool daily, once a week, or once in a blue moon, it needs to be regularly cleaned. This is because the pool is exposed to rain, debris, falling leaves, and many more, and these things attract bacteria, contaminates the pool water, and make pool users exposed to waterborne illnesses like dysentery, cholera, etc. Experts in swimming pools maintenance will also tell you that there is a need to regularly check for pool problems like algae growth, pool staining, and a lot more, so you can immediately correct the problem and use your pool with no fear.

Here are a few tips on how you can maintain your pool properly:

1. Maintain proper chlorine or bromine levels.

A popular way of sanitizing your pool is to add chlorine into it, also called as chlorination. Chlorine is a chemical that may be placed into the water through a feeder. The said substance is important in swimming pools maintenance because it kills the bacteria and removes alagal build up in your pool, thus cleansing the water totally.

You’ll also learn from a swimming pool maintenance guide that bromine can be used instead of chlorine, and is said to be a favorite of pool users who can’t stand the odor of chlorine. The recommended level of chlorine or bromine is: one to three ppm.

2. Make certain that the pool is free from debris and other unnecessary stuff.

To ensure that the water in your pool remains fresh, most pamphlets that discuss swimming pool maintenance training will tell you to check and clear your pool’s skimmer basket at least 2x per week. Swimming pool maintenance equipment such as a surface skimmer or a net can be utilized to remove debris, leaves, bird droppings, and the likes off the pool surface.

3. Regular dirt removal both on the bottom and sides of the pool is suggested.

Brushes are important swimming pool maintenance equipment because they can be used to get rid of any dirt that accumulates not only on the bottom of your home pool, but also on its sides. After brushing, you may also proceed to vacuuming your pool. Before connecting your vacuum and filter, however, your hose and your vacuum head should first be immersed in the pool water.

After having pools installed, pool owners, their family members, and acquaintances, are sure to immediately jump into the water where they’d spend an hour or two swimming, wading, playing, etc. The once clear water will eventually turn cloudy, and the pool will have a stronger chlorine odor, which is an indication that it is time to clean the pool. There are pool maintenance equipment and procedures that you have to be aware of, which you can learn from a swimming pool maintenance guide.

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