Taking care of a pool might seem like a simple task if you’ve never really done it before. All you have to do is pop the cover on when you’re not using it, throw some chemicals in there, and skim the water before you jump in, right? Wrong!

Pool care and maintenance is more work than a lot of people think—that’s why a lot of pool owners end up hiring a professional to keep theirs in good shape. In fact, you may be harming your pool, its equipment, or your water without even realizing it. Take a look at some of these most common pool care mistakes, so you can ensure you’re not making them yourself!

Mistake #1: Allowing the water level to get too low.

A lot of pool owners don’t realize just how much damage can be done when pool water levels drop too low. If the water doesn’t at least reach the middle of the skimmer opening, the pump will start to take in air. This will prevent water from properly circulating through your filters, impairing their function. Air can also damage the pump itself, sometimes burning it out entirely.

Mistake #2: Not maintaining your pool in the offseason.

Your pool still needs to be maintained during the times of year when you’re not using it. If you neglect it in the fall or winter, you’ll likely open it in the spring to find a lot of costly (and preventable) damage. Some of the care tasks you should still be keeping up with in the offseason include cleaning the cover, balancing chemicals, monitoring water levels, and inspecting equipment function.

Mistake #3: Relying on a visual water test.

The health and cleanliness of your pool water is not always readily apparent to the eye. Just because you don’t see any dirt, grime, or cloudiness, doesn’t mean the quality of the water is where it should be. You need to be testing your pool water weekly to evaluate the pH, alkalinity, chlorine levels, and calcium hardness. There are plenty of easy-to-use kits and tools available to help you do this.

A surefire way to avoid making mistakes that could compromise the quality of your pool is to leave the care and maintenance to an expert. At Aquarius Pools & Spas, we offer full-service pool maintenance contracts for private home and rental property owners throughout Outer Banks. From skimming and chemical balance to vacuuming and equipment checks, our pool specialists will do everything necessary to keep your pool in top condition.

Contact us today to get an estimate for your pool and spa service needs!