How-to Advice on Pool Care from Our Experts

Rely on The Pool House to Make Pool Maintenance Easy

Answers to some of the most common questions we get from customers are shown below. But if you don’t see your question here, give us a call at (210) 697-6300. If you have a water quality problem, bring in a sample (at least a quart) from your pool or spa, and we will test it and offer advice on correcting your problem free of charge.

But first, here are a few of important tips to keep in mind:

  1. Water quality not only affects the beauty of your pool, but the health of those that use it. Don’t scrimp on chemicals or on maintaining a routine of balancing and sanitizing your pool.
  2. Your pool system cannot be expected to work properly without regular maintenance. We recommend at least an annual inspection for all pools—even those that are relatively new.
  3. Pools also are affected by other contaminants—leaves and debris that blow into them, sunscreen from users, spills, etc. Make sure your pool care routine includes regularly brushing the walls of your pool, vacuuming the bottom of debris, and skimming anything floating on top. The Pool House sells equipment that makes much of this maintenance automatic!

The Pool House also offers reasonably priced pool maintenance packages for those who find pool care a chore.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my targets for proper swimming pool balance?

A swimming pool’s water must achieve a balance of low acidity (pH) and alkalinity in order to be in balance. Because the target range for alkalinity is larger, start by bringing that into the proper range. The target range for swimming pool alkalinity is 80ppm to 120ppm. Then, bring the pH of your pool into the target range of 7.4 to 7.6. Keeping your pool in balance is the key to allowing your pool sanitizers to work and keeping water quality high. If you find that your pool’s pH and alkalinity is swinging wildly, you may want to take advantage of our temporary pool maintenance service. One of our pool maintenance professionals can clean and balance your chemicals until the water quality issue is under control.

What is the difference between bromine and chlorine?

Chlorine and bromine are both chemicals used to sanitize swimming pools. For many years, chlorine has been used to sanitize swimming pools, and it is very effective for maintaining the Pokies purity of the water in your pool. However, many people find the smell of chlorine offensive, and also find it caustic to skin and hair. As a result, a sister chemical, bromine is used by many pool owners. Bromine is a gentler chemical with less odor. Bromine works very much like chlorine, but you will probably need to use more to achieve the same potency in the water.

I have an older pool. Is there anything new out there that I could easily add that would make maintaining my pool easier?

Yes, of course. Here are a couple of our favorites:
  • Automatic pool covers — Pool covers have been around for a while, but those that cover your pool at the touch of a button—even remotely—are relatively new. The old pool covers were cumbersome enough that most did not use them except to protect their pool out-of-season. With the ease of using the new automatic covers, you can cover your pool anytime a wind storm threatens to fill your pool with leaves and debris.
  • The Polaris 360 Pool Cleaner — Polaris has come up with an automatic device that can reduce the frequency that your pool needs to be vacuumed, while also cleaning its sides. Use with a skimmer to clean debris from both the bottom and top of your pool.

A neighbor suggested that the reason my pool is so difficult to clean and maintain is because I have a pump that is too small. How can I find out how big a pump I should have for my pool?

Pool pumps, filters and heaters all should be chosen with the size of your pool’s surface area and capacity in mind. Since pools come in many shapes, determining size isn’t always easy. The best way to find out what you need is to call The Pool House at (210) 697-6300. We can help you determine whether your current equipment is undersized, and recommend pool systems that would work better for you. The Pool House sells all of the leading brands in pool equipment in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. If you need help with installation, look to our pool restoration and upgrade services.


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