3 Tips for Starting (and Finishing) Pool Season Right
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of pool season and, if your community has an outdoor pool, you've no doubt spent the past few weeks readying the popular amenity. However, before your residents start diving in, here are a few practical tips to see you through the pool season, from beginning to end.
1. Consider chaining large flower pots to the pool fence to prevent plants from winding up in the pool, whether from heavy winds or vandals.
Paul Rhodes, CAMT, National Maintenance and Safety Instructor for the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI), once witnessed the damage to a community caused by its planters being tossed in the pool. Not only did the topsoil clog the sand filter, but plant root balls had to be vacuumed from the pool floor and the water needed to be “shocked” to remove the fertilizer.
However, realize that if the chain is visible, prospective and current residents may view this as an indicator that there is a crime problem at the community. If vandalism is a potential concern, communities should consider installing a built-in, raised flower bed instead of purchasing pots. See more on pool-friendly landscaping.
2. Take proper care of your pool heater.
With proper care, a commercial grade swimming pool heater should last 10 years or more.
The pH, chlorine, total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels of the water all play in an important role in determining the water balance. Corrosion or scale on heater surfaces are both conditions that are commonly not covered by pool-heater warranties and can cause premature failure. Learn more about caring for your pool operator. Learn more about caring for your pool heater.
For instruction on the importance of water balance, consult the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Certified Pool Operator program.
3. As the end of pool season approaches, consider keeping the pool filled during the off-season.
This will help prevent problems that can occur with an empty pool, such as plaster staining, pool deck and waterline tile cracking, hydrostatic pressure problems (where the pool “floats” up out of the ground), shortened life for the plaster and filter and the potential for vandalism.
To keep the pool filled, the property must either monitor the pool chemicals or cover the pool. With the pool covered, staff realistically only need to check the pool about once per month. Learn more about post-season pool maintenance.