What maintenance is required for Fiberglass Pools?
Owning a pool offers countless hours of fun and exercise, but it also requires diligent care. Whatever your reason for wanting a pool, you probably have questions about the kind of maintenance it requires. Below are the answers to a few common questions property owners have about their in-ground pools so that you know what to expect.
What does chlorine do?
Pools need to be treated with chlorine for safety purposes. It kills most of the germs that cause recreational water illnesses, such as Cryptosporidium. Maintain your chlorine at a level between 1 and 3 parts per million (ppm). Test these levels twice a week and run chlorine continuously through a chemical feeding device to maintain a constant level.
Do I need to brush my fiberglass pool?
An automatic pool cleaner can do most of the cleaning work, but some elbow grease is required. Brush the pool once a week to remove algae growth as it appears, as well as any other small particles like pollen. Include the walls, benches, floor, and tile rising above the water. Areas with limited circulation, such as behind ladders and in corners, need special care.
Should in-ground pools be drained each winter?
There is no need to drain your pool each winter. The water serves as a barrier between the bottom of the pool and cold temperatures to keep it from cracking. Instead, install a pool cover to provide another barrier of insulation and keep debris out.
Can I swim in my pool after a shock treatment?
A shock treatment is recommended after heavy use to kill bacteria and algae and to restore the water’s clarity. It involves dumping a large number of chemicals into the water, so wait for 8 to 12 hours before getting in again. The optimal time to shock the pool is in the evening so that it can work overnight without sunlight affecting the chemical levels.