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2 Major Pool Maintenance Tips for New Owners

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If you have a pool in your backyard, you likely appreciate a place for your children to swim and for you and your partner to get some exercise. However, you're probably not a fan of the fact that pools tend to be fairly expensive to maintain. If your pool is in good repair, there are a few shortcuts that you can use in order to reduce your overall costs for maintaining your pool. Here are some of them.

1. Swap Out Expensive Pool Solution for Baking Soda

The main ingredient in the pool solution that you are recommended to buy is sodium bicarbonate. You might not want to mess with the alkaline levels of your pool by switching to something that you don't know much about, but if you look at the back of a baking soda box, you'll see that the main ingredient of baking soda is also sodium bicarbonate.

The concentration of sodium bicarbonate in pool solution is exactly the same as the concentration in baking soda itself. This means that you can safely switch from using the pool solution to using baking soda and you don't even have to do any complicated math to figure out how much baking soda to put in. You can just put in the recommended amount of pool solution.

2. Use a Tennis Ball to Get Rid of Oil

People have oil on their skin when they get into the pool. They have oil that their body naturally produces and they have sunscreen on. This oil can collect in the pool and form a gross layer on the top of your pool. You can't skim it off using your net and you might not know what to do besides replace the water in your pool.

The solution to this problem is remarkably easy. Just throw a tennis ball in your pool whenever everyone is done using it for the night. The tennis ball will soak up all of the oil and effectively prevent that oily layer from forming. You can remove the tennis ball and run it through a washing and drying cycle in your washing machine while it is tied inside of a pillowcase. 

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in pool services. If these simple tricks do not work for you, then you might have a more significant problem with your pool that should be investigated as soon as possible. Resources like can help.