Gunite Pool Maintenance
June 10, 2019
Gunite swimming pools are becoming increasingly popular for their versatility in shape, as well as durability. Because of the ability to completely customize these pools, they are most commonly seen at resorts and homes. If you’re considering a gunite pool for your backyard, there are a few things to keep in mind about maintenance that is essential to the longevity of your custom pool.
Maintenance begins before the pool is ready for us. Each year you should prepare by gathering the necessary supplies and chemicals when the weather begins to warm up. If you wait too long, you may not be able to use your gunite pool on the first beautiful day of the season. Because the surface of the pool is porous, it may be more prone to algae growth than most other pool finishes. To combat algae growth, you will need to brush your pool more often. Clearing debris and cleaning the interior of the pool is an essential part of pool ownership. Neglecting to clear away the debris that have accumulated will increase risks of algae growth and filter circulation issues. Clearing debris as well as cleaning the pool walls and floor every couple of weeks will make your gunite pool maintenance much easier. Your pool filter is important in keeping the water in your pool clean. As it filters out dirt and debri, it will need to be emptied out regularly.
Another important part of gunite pool maintance is to make sure you test the chemicals. Keeping the chemicals in your pool properly balanced throughout the time of use is essential for having clean, and safe water. You should test your pool water weekly for alkalinity, pH balance, and chlorine levels. These chemicals also aid in preventing the growth of algae and other bacterias. Using the pool pump daily, at least 8 hours a day, should also be sufficient to keep chemicals balanced. It’s also crucial to maintain the correct water level for your gunite pool. Water will evaporate from your pool over time from the heat of the sun, and this is normal. It’s important to keep the water at the appropriate level so that the skimmers can properly filter debris from the water. After restoring the water level, make sure you remember to rebalance the chemicals.
When the summer season is over, you can either drain your pool completely or decide to winterize it. It’s important to winterize your gunite pool if you decide not to drain it completely to avoid any issues that could occur when it’s time to reopen your pool. By winterizing your pool, you’ll need to maintain the chemical balance throughout the winter by applying pool shock and algaecide. You will also need to stay on top of cleaning the pumps and filters, drain the pool to the recommended level as well as the pool hoses to avoid freezing. Failure to winterize your pool could result in cracks in the floor and walls.
After having Dalcollo Pool Builders design the custom gunite pool of your dreams, you’ll want to make sure to use all these tips to make sure you get the longest life possible out of it.