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What’s Included in High-Quality Personalized Pool Care? 

What’s Included in High-Quality Personalized Pool Care?

When most homeowners think of a pool, they dream of lazy summer days, hanging out with friends, and getting away from the hectic pace of a typical busy day. Can a pool give you all that without additional headaches? It can when you combine it with personalized pool care.

No matter how big or small your swimming pool is, it needs regular maintenance. Pool care involves keeping the water moving, removing debris, and balancing the water chemistry. You might try it yourself or trust professionals to do it right the first time without putting your family at risk.

The Basics of a Swimming Pool

A swimming pool takes more than dumping in water and a few chemicals and swishing a brush around the edges. To understand the details, consider what matters most in a swimming pool:


You can’t have a pool without water. Keeping it in pristine condition means ensuring the water is clean and healthy, protecting you from potential contaminants that can make you sick. Healthy water also helps you avoid costly repairs due to buildup throughout the pool.


No matter how your swimming pool is built, the liner will constantly contact the water. Every surface needs consistent evaluation to ensure it’s in good repair and free of debris, mold, and algae.


A pool pump keeps water circulating and flowing through a filter system to keep debris and other contaminants out of your water and away from your pool. You’ll need a high-quality filter system, a cartridge filter, and a proper maintenance schedule to ensure it’s always running at its best.

Skimmers and Returns

A pool’s filter system doesn’t work on its own. It relies on skimmers and returns to push and pull the water supply into the filter for cleaning. They only work well when they are clean and in optimal condition.

Understanding the 3 Cs of Pool Maintenance

Understanding the major characteristics of a swimming pool makes caring for it seem effortless. Yet every pool is different and needs its own routine to ensure it stays in optimal condition throughout the year.

Strong Refuge Pool understands that pools in the Pacific Northwest need extra attention from residential pools in warmer climate conditions. That’s why they pay extra attention to how they handle circulation, cleaning, and chemistry with every pool they maintain.

1. Circulation

Moving water is clearer, cleaner, and healthier. If you want a safe swimming experience, clean water is a necessity. You can’t get that without good circulation. That requires a pool pump and filter system to maximize year-round circulation.

Depending on your needs, there are many different types of pumps and filter systems. Is your pool indoors or outside? Saltwater or fresh? You can’t retrofit the wrong parts into the system. Instead, a personalized pool care company will take into account your budget and equipment and install a system that ensures you have good pool circulation to suit your needs.

2. Cleaning

Proper circulation ensures a cleaner system, which makes your pool automatically cleaner. But you’ll still need a little elbow grease occasionally to ensure it stays pristine and inviting.

The basics include a net skimmer, a pool brush, and a vacuum. You’ll want to pull leaves, twigs, and any other objects deposited by Mother Nature out of your pool for safe swimming. An automatic pool cleaning system can keep your hands-on work to a minimum. Trusting a professional pool cleaning service will also ensure your pool stays shining for when you’re ready for a dip.

3. Chemistry

Chemistry is often one of the most intimidating parts of pool operation. Yet pool chemistry is surprisingly straightforward once you understand it.

You can’t keep a pool operational without consistent water testing. This involves:

  • pH levels: how acidic or basic your pool water is. Low or high pH levels can increase algae growth or equipment corrosion.
  • Alkalinity: works with your pH levels to buffer and control basic or acidity levels. High alkalinity can cause cloudy water, whereas lower levels may stain the pool interior.
  • Calcium: is all about balance. Low calcium hardness risks damaging a pool’s finish or liner, while high calcium means you’ll have a buildup of hard-to-remove calcium deposits.
  • Chlorine: helps control harmful bacteria and sanitizes the pool water. Stable chlorine levels ensure your pool stays clean.
  • Phosphates: cause green and cloudy water when high. High algae make it more challenging to maintain proper pool chemistry.

When you track the different chemical levels, it makes tweaking your water balance a snap. And you can feel better every time you enter the pool.

Pool shock

Sometimes, your pool will need a little extra TLC. Weekly shocks might be necessary if you swim daily. We also recommend it:

  • After heavy rainfall
  • During a heatwave
  • Before and after closing the pool for the season
  • You smell excessive chlorine
  • Your eyes and skin are irritated
  • After a gastrointestinal accident

The normal sanitizing routine might need a little help. Pool shock helps it stay clean even with maximum sanitizer. It helps destroy any harmful bacteria or algae lingering in your pool. Shock it in the evening to avoid the sun’s ultraviolet rays during the heart of the process. Ensure it has a chance to circulate at least eight hours before returning to the pool.

Creating a Personalized Pool Care Routine

Working with a professional helps you make your pool care routine as easy as possible. And isn’t that the goal?

A clean pool is always more inviting. A healthy pool gives you more reason to invite the neighbors over and throw the parties you’ve been dreaming of. It removes the problematic part of pool maintenance while ensuring a safe experience every time you dive in.

Pool care doesn’t have to be overwhelming or even a little intimidating. Creating a personalized pool care maintenance schedule makes it easy to stay organized and ensures the most important tasks don’t slip through the cracks.

We suggest writing it down. Don’t leave it to chance. Assign simple tasks to family members and rely on professionals to ensure your pool is in the best shape possible. You’ll enjoy all your hard work the next time you dive into the pool.

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