The weekend is finally here, and you’re ready to spend some time on a staycation enjoying your swimming pool. You put on your swimsuit, grab your towel, and step out the back door. But the first thing you see are leaves floating on your pool’s surface. No big deal, right? Ugh! That’s not all! As you dip the skimmer in, you notice the pool walls are looking a little grimy. Does the water have a green tint? Is the pump extra noisy? It looks like the fun will have to wait. Once again, you wonder if you should hire a professional for your pool equipment maintenance.

Maintaining Your Pool on Your Own

DIY pool maintenance can be a challenge, especially for new pool owners. Not because it’s exceptionally hard, but because you will need to learn what chemicals to use, how your pool equipment works, and what your pool needs from you during the Texas swimming season. When a professional comes to service your pool, they make it look easy. It usually takes about thirty minutes to an hour to get everything clean and inspect your equipment. But remember that they have professional-grade tools as well as experience. When you do your own pool maintenance, you spend more time making sure that you’re doing everything right. Maintaining your pool can quickly become a burden if you live a hectic life. Experts recommend that your pool be cleaned at least once per week. If you can’t find the time to clean your pool regularly, you could end up with a huge mess or malfunctioning equipment by the time you get to it. If you’re on a tight budget, taking care of your pool yourself can save you some cash. But doing it all on your own isn’t always cheaper. You’ll need to purchase chemicals, cleaning supplies, and more. Pool chemicals alone can cost $30 or more per month. And mistakes can really add up!

Hiring a Professional for Your Pool Equipment Maintenance

With all the complexities of maintaining a pool, it’s no surprise that many pool owners choose to outsource their pool maintenance. As with any service, it can be a challenge to find someone who will make swimming in your pool as effortless as they promise. Gold Medal Pools offers complete pool maintenance to communities and homeowners throughout North Texas. We do everything to keep your pool up and running, including skimming, cleaning, chemical management, and routine pool equipment maintenance. We can also open and close your pool each year. Hiring someone to do those tedious pool maintenance tasks will free you up to spend more time enjoying your pool. Our AST-certified pool technicians visit your home each week, often while you’re at work or running errands. You don’t even have to think about pool maintenance. By hiring Gold Medal Pools, you can take advantage of more than 40 years of pool building experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Sure, you can learn to maintain your pool. But do you want to? What happens if you have a persistent algae problem? Can you fix small mechanical issues or recognize major problems?

Essential Pool and Pool Equipment Maintenance Tasks

You might not realize how much time you’re spending taking care of your pool, or your pool might not be getting the attention it needs. With all of the following tasks, you’ll understand why you always seem to get behind on maintenance and why you’re always dealing with algae and equipment issues.

  1. Skimming Your Pool. Your pool’s built-in skimmer doesn’t catch everything floating on your pool’s water surface. Depending on your pool’s design, debris can collect, sink to the bottom, and clog your drain. This task can’t be skipped if your pool is going to stay swimmable all season long.
  2. Scrubbing Your Pool Surfaces. Vacuuming up debris isn’t enough to keep your pool free of dirt, algae, and stains. You need to regularly scrub your pool surfaces, even if your robotic pool cleaner has been doing its job. Nothing works as well as good old-fashioned elbow grease to clean your pool’s floor, walls, and steps. 
  3. Vacuuming Your Pool. Even the best automatic pool cleaners won’t be able to clean your pool as well as a professional. Cleaning pool surfaces is a slow, methodical process. Pool owners like you would rather be enjoying their pool than slowly walking around trying to vacuum up debris without agitating the water.
  4. Maintaining Your Pool Pump System. Proper pool equipment maintenance is crucial to its lifespan. Regularly emptying baskets, checking electrical components, and cleaning pipes are essential tasks to protect the life of your pool pump. Some tasks are hazardous and best left to the pros.
  5. Cleaning Your Filtration System. Your pool’s filtration system keeps your pool water safe and clear. Waiting too long to clean or backwash a filter could result in damage to your pool pump or pool heater. Replacing filters too often might be dumping money down the drain.
  6. Testing Your Pool Water. You know the importance of testing your pool water regularly, but cloudy or tinted water can be caused by problems outside your kit’s capabilities. You might not even know what tests are needed when your pool goes awry and whether the problem is related to chemicals or equipment.
  7. Managing Your Pool Chemicals. After water testing, you need to know what to do next. It’s not always as simple as adding chlorine or soda ash to make your pool healthy. It might need a shock, algaecide, or another treatment. Let the experts tell you when it’s safe to swim again.

Pick the Right Pool Maintenance Professional

Is your pool equipment not cleaning the way it used to? Are you hearing strange noises? Your pool maintenance professionals can help identify the problem with your pool equipment. Catch issues early, and you’ll save time and money in the long run. If you choose to hire a professional, make sure you pick a good one. You’ll only realize the advantages of having a pool service if they know what they’re doing. If your pool service does what they’re supposed to do, you’ll agree that the cost is well worth it. Contact Gold Medal Pools to discuss your swimming pool equipment maintenance. Learn why you should hire a professional pool service to help clean, repair, or inspect your pool. We have over 50 years of experience building and maintaining pools in North Texas. Book your appointment now!