Proper pool care requires an equal amount of science and routine. The problem is that some people rely too much on one, but not the other. In order to keep your pool in perfect shape all summer long, you will want to balance the two and avoid these 5 key mistakes that people make in caring for their pools.
- Not brushing your pool: Most pool owners are pretty vigilant about vacuuming their pool, but vacuuming your pool is only half the battle. Pool brushing is crucial to reach hard to get to areas like corners and behind ladders. Proper brushing eliminates the possibility of things like algae creeping up in your pool.
- Not properly handling algae problems: Make sure you are dealing with algae issues properly. Don’t make the mistake of attempting to use your automatic pool cleaners to vacuum algae. Automatic cleaners will end up being counterproductive in the algae removal process because they will recycle the algae back through your pool. If you have to use a manual vacuum to remove algae, make sure your filter is set to waste so that the water doesn’t come back into the pool. While you will lose more water this way, it will ensure the algae is indeed leaving your pool.
- Not running your filter enough: Make sure you are running your filter for no less than 8 hours a day. This is a critical step to avoiding water problems within your pool. Avoid the tendency to skimp on the full 8 hours, or you will end up costing yourself more time, in the long run, having to fix the problem.
- Not testing the water regularly: Remember that we said routine and science are key ingredients to maintaining a beautiful pool. This mistake is the confluence of both of those keys. Ensure that you are testing your water on a weekly basis as part of your routine checkup on the scientific health of your pool.
- Adding chemicals at the wrong time of day: Whatever combination of chemicals you are using, make sure to follow the usage instructions on the packaging. Don’t be tempted to add chemicals at a time that fits best into your schedule if it isn’t what is recommended on the packaging.
If you avoid these 5 common mistakes in pool care, you will be well on your way to enjoying a beautiful, sparkling pool all summer long!
APi is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Live Like Jake 5k Walk/Run on May 13th, 2017. The Live Like Jake Foundation has a goal to bring awareness to drowning prevention through providing information and scholarships for infant swim rescue classes. Here at APi, we have a strong commitment to charitable giving, especially for a cause that hits so close to home, both geographically and topically.
Here at APi, we have a strong commitment to charitable giving, especially for a cause that hits so close to home, both geographically and topically. The APi family wants your pool to be a fun place for the whole family to enjoy, but safety must always come first. The Live Like Jake Foundation puts a spotlight on the importance of swim safety and drowning prevention by providing community awareness around the benefits of Infant Swim Rescue (ISR). ISR is an amazing resource for those with young children who are looking to teach their children the necessary skills to protect themselves around the water.
If you are interested in donating to the Live Like Jake Foundation, please click here. If you are interested in participating in the Live Like Jake Foundation 5k Walk/Run, please click here.
Your hot tub is a place of relaxation where you can forget about the cares of the world. If you’re using APi products to maintain your spa, you have even more time to enjoy it. But how often are you changing the water in your hot tub? Is it enough, too much, or have you just flat out never done it? In this article, we will discuss some ways to determine how often you need to drain and refill your hot tub.
The process of changing the water in your hot tub is quite simple as the formula to determine how often you need to change it. Many people believe that the frequency for changing the water in your hot tub is most directly related to the frequency of usage. While it is true that if you use your hot tub less, you should change the water less, this is not the end of the discussion. It does play a part in determining how often you change the water, but there is another important formula to consider.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to calculating how often to change the water in your hot tub is to divide the total number of gallons of your hot tub by 3, and then divide it again by the number of daily users. This formula will give you an approximation of the number of days that you can go between changing the water in your hot tub. For example, if you have a 480-gallon hot tub and have 3 average daily users, you should be changing the water in your hot tub approximately every 53 days.
This formula is not a hard and fast, set in stone rule when it comes to changing your hot tub water. There are some other things that you should look out for to keep your spa in optimal operating order throughout the year. If you notice that the water in your spa is cloudy and shocking it doesn’t seem to clear it, it’s time to drain and refill. If you are developing a lot of foam and the defoamer isn’t having an effect, it is also likely time to change the water. The most noticeable sign that it is time to change the water in your hot tub is if the water begins to smell. A foul smell is a sure sign that you are overdue for changing out the water.
We hope that these guidelines help you to keep your hot tub clean, clear, and inviting all year. Another great way to do that is by using the EZ Spa Care Kit line of products to maintain your hot tub. You can learn more about how these products can save you time and money here.