Without proper maintenance and care, a dirty pool can cause recreational water diseases (RWI). This may sound alarming, but a well-maintained pool leaves nothing to fear. For gunite pools, the decision may be easier. The pool should probably be drained and acid-washed for better results.
For vinyl and fiberglass pools, draining the pool completely has an element of risk. Vinyl liners can relax with the water removed and, if the liner is old, it can shrink and break when drained. Fiberglass pools are relatively lightweight and the extraction of water can cause the cover to come off the ground or move slightly. Algae form when dirt is allowed to stay in the pool for an extended period of time and when the chemistry isn't right.
These conditions allow organisms to grow underwater, on pool surfaces. Regular pool maintenance not only helps keep users safe, but also saves money on repairs and improves functionality and aesthetics. Hit your pool at least twice with a chlorine flush, refill the pool to the proper level and turn on the filter. If this isn't enough to highlight the importance of regular pool cleaning, let's take a look at what happens when you don't clean the pool.
Pool maintenance is not a job to be taken lightly if you want to maintain the value of your pool and take care of it, so it lasts a long time. While the short answer is that you can leave your pool looking like the creature from the Black Lagoon, the really scary answer is that you could shorten the lifespan of your pool by up to 50 percent if you don't maintain it properly. In good weather, pools that are half empty and stagnant create a mosquito breeding area, and they also present a safety problem in swimming pools. Not only can poor pool maintenance pose a health hazard as a result of inadequate water balance and the build-up of bacteria for you and those who use it, but not taking care of the pool water can cause costly damage to the pool liner, which can eventually break if not maintains the right water balance.
Restoring a neglected pool requires much more work and time than simply maintaining the pool. Metal parts, such as ladders, screws, pool cover components and lamps, are at risk of corrosion and, surprisingly, an incorrect chemical balance can even break expensive pool tiles. Vacuuming helps control the pool's pH level much more easily, making it an excellent regular maintenance and cleaning task you can do to keep your pool clean and safe. For a very neglected pool, the best way to clean it is to drain all the water, disinfect the pool shell to kill algae, and refill the pool.
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