My Pool or Pool Steps Were Resurfaced. Now What?
Learn proper care for your newly resurfaced pool or pool steps
Contrary to popular belief, even a newly resurfaced pool or pool steps still need care in order to maintain a beautiful apperance. Lets break it down.
POOL CARE: No matter what kind of pool you have, you must always be diligent about caring for your pool. This means proper chemical levels as well as regular cleanings.
Chemical levels that must be maintained are usually listed on a bottle of test strips, but not always. For instance the popular chemicals we all know are chlorine, and PH balance, but there are more. Make sure to keep Chlorine, Stabilizer, Alkalynity, PH Balance, Calcium, and in the case of salt pools, Salinity.
ACIDIC WATER - If you allow pool water to become too acidic, then your new surface will begin to chalk up. A layer of chalky residue will appear and can be wiped off and even get on swimsuits. This has an easy remedy. Fix the chemical balance and clean off the chalky residue.
Question: How does pool water become too acidic?
Answer: The short answer is neglect. Your water can look clear, but if the chemicals are not maintained, the water will naturally get more and more acidic. Rain water alone can introduce chemicals that make the pool water acidic thereby increasing the possible growth of algae as well. Allowing leaves and dirt to acumulate can also cause the water to become acidic. We recommend taking a pool water sample to your local pool store on a regular basis and asking for a test of all applicable chemicals.
LOW CALCIUM - Many people neglect to maintain pool calcium because a pool can look beautiful and function fine without good calcium levels. Here is the issue, bad calcium levels are the silent killer of pools. If your pool water is low on calcium, the water will leach it out of the surrounding area to fill the chemical vacuum.
Question: What kind of problems can appear as a result of low calcium?
Answer: The water will actually slowly eat away at nearly everything. This causes rust, pits and holes in concrete (the pool deck), and extra wear and tear on all pool equipment. The worst issue is what low calcium does to fiberglass. Low calcium causes osmotic blistering.
Again, just get your pool water tested, and make sure to get the calcium tested while you're at it.
STAINS: Even a newly resurfaced pool or pool steps can be stained by trash or mineral deposits. Many times the stains do not come out with scrubbing. So dont scrubb too hard and risk damaging your pool. We recommend getting STAIN TREAT and following the instructions on the bottle. If your local pool store doesnt carry Stain Treat, you can easily find it on Amazon. The cost is usually in the area of about $20 for a bottle. Stain Treat will actually rejuvinate all the pool surfaces as well. It's a great product!
CLEANING - The following needs to be done regularly:
1- Brush the entire pool surface with an appropriate brush once a week. If your pool has been resurfaced, that means you need make sure to use a plastic brush!
2-Net the pool as needed. This removes anything that the skimmers arent catching as well as the trash that has sunken to the bottom
3- Get pool chemicals checked bi-weekly. Be sure to add chemicals appropriately as needed
4- Vacuum as needed. Fine dust that get through the filter will never go away unless its vacuumed out.
5- Filter care: Whatever kind of filter you have needs to be cared for according to it's specific needs. If you have a sand filter we recommend backwashing once a week. For sand filters, it's a good practice to maintain 15-17psi. If your sand filter shows a higher pressure, it usually needs to be backwashed. Check weith you local pool store about how to care for your filter
6 - Records: Always keep a record of everything that you have done to your pool. This will help greatly with service and maintenance issues as well as a great reference for your pool store in case of chemical questions.
7 - Opening and closing: When closing your pool, always use the closing chemical kit to help the pool maintain proper levels over the winter. When closing, cover your pool! Covering your pool can make or break any pool surface. If you want longevity in your pool surface then you will seriously consider covering it. In fact not covering your pool is considered neglect and can void any warranty you may have with your pool surface product. When opening, remember to have all chemicals tested and brought up to proper levels.
Here is what you do. Pay attention. Follow our cleaning advice and the advice of your local pool store. And remember, just because your pool is beautiful doesnt mean it's impervious to damadge. Above all HAVE FUN! THats what it's all about!