Common Mistakes

It’s true that everyone makes mistakes but recognizing and learning from your errors can help you take better care of your beautiful pool. At Signature Pools, our professional team is standing by and available to help you navigate the complicated world of pool ownership. To help, here is a list of common mistakes we’ve seen:

Daytime Shocking
Adding chlorine to your pool helps remove chloramines (dead chlorine) and is mostly done during a process called shocking. Where many people make a mistake is by performing this weekly process during daylight hours. The problem is that the sun will burn off the chlorine making it difficult to reach break-point oxidation. Instead, try shocking your pool at night or dusk to reach the appropriate chlorine level of 13ppm.

Avoiding Brushing
To help keep your pool water healthy, brushing is an essential portion of a pool maintenance routine. Many individuals rely on an automatic pool vacuum instead leaving hard to reach areas like behind ladders, stairs, and other corners and crevasses susceptible to build-up and potential algae growth.

Ignoring Acidic Water
Alkalinity and pH are central to maintaining safe and sanitized waters. If your water chemistry is off, you can actually cause severe damage to your pool equipment including your pump and filter, heater, automatic cleaner, and other items like your chemical feeder or solar blanket. In order words, low PH can wreck havoc on anything it comes into contact with due to its acidity. Alkalinity is what can keep your water from fluctuating so proper water chemistry testing and adjusting is an absolute must,

Not Running Your System
At Signature Pools, we recommend that your run your pool filter and pump for at least eight hours a day to maintain a clean pool and to turn your water over completely at least twice. Your filter and pump are what keep your pool clean so the more you run your systems the better chance you have at facing pool problems.

Swimming pool care doesn’t have to be difficult but pool ownership does require routine care and knowledge to prevent long-term problems!