Maintaining Your Commercial Pool
Maintaining a commercial pool requires regular attention and care to ensure its cleanliness, safety, and optimal functionality. Here are the essential steps involved with maintaining your commercial pool.
Set up a Maintenance Schedule
If you set up a maintenance schedule, you’ll know what tasks are to be done daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonally. This will help you to stay organized.
Skim the Surface Daily
Use a pool skimmer to remove leaves, debris, insects, or any other floating objects that may be in the pool. Performing this task daily will help to prevent clogging of the filtration system and will help to maintain the clarity of the water. When you’re done skimming, empty and clean the skimmer baskets and pump strainer baskets.
Brush and Vacuum
How often you need to brush and vacuum the pool will depend on how much the pool is used, but generally speaking, this should be done at least once a week. If your pool is heavily used, more frequent brushing may be necessary.
Check, Backwash, and Clean Filters
The frequency of this task may be affected by the type of filters you use, but you should check and clean them regularly. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning or changing the filter media.
Monitor the Water Chemistry
Test the pool water regularly using a reliable test kit. This will help you to maintain proper levels of pH, chlorine, alkalinity, calcium hardness ,and cyanuric acid.
Shocking the pool is done by adding a higher amount of chlorine to eliminate bacteria, algae, and other contaminants. The shock products you use will come with complete instructions for safe usage.
Run the pool pump for the recommended duration every day to ensure proper water circulation. This will help to distribute chemicals evenly in the pool and can prevent stagnant areas of the pool from forming where algae and bacteria can grow.
The filtration system is responsible for removing debris and contaminants from the pool water. Check and empty the skimmer baskets and hair or lint strainers according to the manufacturer’s instructions to maintain its efficiency.
Inspect and Replace Equipment as Needed
All pool equipment, including brushes, vacuums, pumps, motors, heaters, and chemical feeders should be inspected regularly. If your equipment is not up to par, you may be dealing with more serious issues as time passes.
Watch for Algae or Staining
If you notice any algae growth or staining, treat it immediately with the appropriate algaecides or stain removers. Then brush the affected area to help the chemicals do their work.
Perform regular safety inspections to ensure compliance with all local regulations. Regularly check pool ladders, handrails, and diving boards to make sure they’re secure and in good shape. Make sure that all lifebuoys, first aid kits, and rescue poles are readily available and well maintained, and make any necessary repairs or upgrades to maintain a safe environment for swimmers.
Record Keeping and Documentation
When dealing with your commercial pool, it’s a good idea to keep accurate, detailed records of pool maintenance activities, water test results, equipment inspections, repairs, and any incidents or accidents. This helps to keep track of the maintenance history, identifies any recurring issues, and demonstrates compliance with health and safety regulations.
By following these maintenance practices, commercial pool operators can create a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment for their patrons. Regular upkeep not only enhances the experience, but also helps to protect the pool’s infrastructure and increase its longevity.
When to Hire the Pros
Maintaining a commercial pool requires careful attention and diligence. If all of this seems to be too heavy a load, consider hiring a professional pool maintenance service to handle it. They can conduct periodic inspections and perform any repairs or more in-depth maintenance tasks. A pool professional can provide expert advice, detect problems early, and offer specialized services for specific pool types, such as saltwater or heated pools.
Millennium Pools & Spas is a family-owned and operated business serving the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. areas with top quality pool service. With over 30 years of experience with pools of all shapes and sizes, we have the knowledge, expertise, and equipment to handle any problems you may have with your pool. Our team of highly trained pool professionals provides a wide range of services, including maintenance, repair, renovations, and pool resurfacing. Our focus is on providing outstanding customer service to ensure your complete satisfaction. We have two locations to serve you, in Springfield, VA, and Ijamsville, MD. If you’d like more information about our company, contact us for a consultation, visit our website, or give us a call at either of our locations: Maryland at 301-591-3750 Virginia/DC at 703-939-5062.