FAQs: Backyard Pool Maintenance

The onset of summer means warmer weather, longer days, and more time spent outside on the patio or lawn.

Living here in the coastal region of North Carolina, you can also bet on some steeper temperatures and more dense humidity. The best way to beat the heat? Invest in a backyard pool!

Pools can be a great way to cool off, but if you see yourself moving someplace new in the future, they can also help boost the value of your home and make it easier for you to find a buyer when the time is right to sell. The key is in making sure you take care of your backyard’s latest addition, and we can help by giving you a few pointers to get started.

How often should you test your pool water? 

Testing your pool water not only tells you about the chlorine content, but also pH balance (acidity). You can purchase easy-to-use test kits at any pool supply store, which will give you the appropriate feedback you need to maintain your pool water’s chemical content. During the busier summer months, when you’re more likely to use the backyard pool on a regular basis, weekly testing is a safe option.

Should you drain the pool every year? 

It’s not a bad idea, since leaving standing water year-round when you don’t have the pump running and won’t be splashing around could attract pests like mosquitos and other insects, not to mention larger visitors like the occasional snake. But, if you choose not to, putting off a complete draining of your backyard pool won’t do any lasting damage to it in the short run. As a compromise, you can always empty some water, but leave a shallow layer during the colder months to avoid the risk of the pool’s concrete cracking or shifting in place.

How can you effectively clean stained plaster and tile?

The elements are just another factor in any outdoor modification, but a pool brings its own challenges into the deal. Organic matter – such as dirt, leaves, and other debris – have a habit of building up and even staining the plaster or working its way into the grout of the tile. You can combat some of this by regularly circulating granulated chlorine in the pool. For non-organic wear and tear, invest in a good pumice stone or some sturdy sandpaper to get your stains out with old-fashioned elbow grease.

Maintaining a backyard pool isn’t as daunting as it may sound at first. So go ahead, take the plunge, and enjoy your coastal North Carolina summer! If you have more questions about coastal living, or real estate options in the region, contact the Michelle Clark Team.