Jan 28, 2015 11:22:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV

Owning and maintaining a swimming pool and spa means staying relevant. In this case, relevant can be defined as maintaining a certain level of education about new equipment and safety issues. It can also mean doing what it takes ‘time wise’ and monetarily to keep the pool / spa operational.

Similar to a car, a pool / spa needs attention to ensure quality performance and longevity. In addition to weekly service(for a car this would be getting gas and washing), a pool also needs annual check-ups (for a car this would be inspections and oil changes). We strongly advise all of our customers to have a certified pool mechanic do an annual equipment and safety check typically before the start of the season. These annual equipment and safety check include some of the following:
  1. Ensure all main drains, suction fittings and jets are present, safe and functionalReef Tropical Pool Diagram
  2. Make sure ladder bumpers are secured and the skimmer has a deck lid
  3. Check filters thoroughly (change gaskets, psi gauges, change / clean cartridge, change DE, inspect grid, etc.
  4. Label all valves including the skimmer, main drain and shut off
  5. Check heat pump and gas heaters thoroughly (temperature settings and refrigerant levels, inspect and clean heat exchanger, clean and lube terminals, remove, inspect and clean burner tray, clean and oil interior, clean condensation drip, check and change indicator lights, etc.) 
  6. Communicate all intricacies to weekly cleaner  

Essentially, this annual checkup will allow the homeowner to feel more content knowing that their pool meets code and will operate to its best ability. The lifespan for pool equipment (heaters, motors, filters, etc.) depends on various factors but will usually last between three and ten years. We have certain brands that we recommend which have warranties, last longer and work better.

Take care of your pool and your pool will be operational, safe and clean for your swimming enjoyment!     

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Claude Kershner IV

Written by Claude Kershner IV

President Reef Tropical • Pool & Landscape

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