02 Aug 2012
Brushing your pool is one of the easiest and most basic ways to care for it, yet many ignore this important maintenance task. Pool professionals know it’s important to brush your pool at least once a week.
There are two reasons for brushing once a week. The first is to protect your pool’s plaster. Brush less than once a week and your pool is more prone to stains. Removing stains from your pool isn’t the most expensive problem you can have, but why contribute to your own problem?
Those of you who are reading and thinking, “Good thing I have an automatic pool cleaner, I don’t have to brush.” Sorry, you are not exempt from brushing. It’s very good to have an automatic pool cleaner. They are great at removing dirt and debris, they make brushing easier, but they don’t brush pools down. Those who don’t have an automatic pool cleaner really should consider brushing more than once a week.
A second reason is simply to get out to your pool and look for potential problems. There are those who have pools but don’t use them so much. Not many use their pools in the winter months because it’s too cold to swim. Brushing is a good excuse to get near your pool when it’s too cold to swim. When you brush look around to check out the health of your pool. Is there a plastic grocery bag at the bottom covering the drain? Did a neighbor kid throw rocks over the fence and into your pool that could damage your automatic pool cleaner? Look for anything that’s not right as you brush. This simple inspection process as you brush is good preventive maintenance!
If you groan at the thought of brushing your pool once a week, think how your teeth would be if you didn’t follow your dentist’s advice and brush 2-3 times a day… and floss and gargle. Of course, if you don’t want to brush at all, or you simply can’t get to it for whatever reason, you can call The Pool People for expert pool maintenance service.