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Keep These Steps In Mind To Extend The Life Of Your Swimming Pool

Having a swimming pool installed in your backyard and maintaining it properly is a considerable investment of time and money — and one that should keep your family smiling in the summer for years to come. To get the most out of your pool, it's important to have it inspected regularly by a licensed professional. In the meantime, there are many things that you can do to help extend the life of the pool. Here are some important ideas to follow.

Keep It Clean

Your swimming pool will have a cleaning system that either filters out debris or acts in the same manner as a vacuum by traveling around the floor of the pool and sucking up anything that has landed in the water. Don't simply rely on either of these elements to do the job — it's a good idea for you to also be vigilant about removing large pieces of debris that fall into the water. For example, if you notice several big leaves in the water after heavy winds, grab your net and fish them out. This will prevent these items from possibly clogging the cleaner and maybe even causing damage to the motor. By taking a proactive approach to the debris in your pool, you can keep it healthy for a long time.

Keep Your Dog Away

You don't have to have a swimming pool for long before you get intrigued about letting your dog have a dip — especially on a hot summer day when the dog appears to be miserable outside. This, however, is not a good idea. The chief risk of putting your dog in the water is that its claws will cause damage to your pool liner. A panicked dog paddling frantically can cause a major amount of damage in just the blink of an eye. Even if your kids are egging you on about letting the dog have a swim, hold firm — and let your dog jump around in the sprinkler instead.

Shock The Water

Shocking your swimming pool by adding specialized chemicals is a necessary step that can help you to extend the pool's life. The frequency with which you should shock the pool depends on the current chlorine level, as well as other factors such as the weather. For example, if it rained heavily, the chlorine content in the pool will have decreased, which means that it could be time to shock the water. Shocking the pool when necessary can limit the growth of algae, which could cause damage or require significant maintenance.

For more information, talk to a professional like Brown's Plumbing, Pumps & Spas.