Money-saving pool maintenance tips from BBB - Tucson News Now

Money-saving pool maintenance tips from BBB

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona offers advice for proper pool care in the hot summer months that can help pool owners avoid costly maintenance or chemical purchases.

One common misstep is to purchase hundreds of dollars of chemicals for a pool before having the water tested for calcium build-up, Shad Schlosser, the owner of Affordable Pool Service, told BBB.

“A pool with too much calcium in it is like a glass of iced tea with too much sugar; the chlorine will just sit there, useless, at the bottom of the pool,” Schlosser said.

The hard water used in Arizona pools tends to have a lot of calcium in it, and no amount of chlorine can make a pool safe to use when it has too much calcium, Schlosser said. He advises consumers to circulate the pool water three times a day during the summer to help dissolve the chlorine.

Harmful bacteria buildups can cause ear, nose and throat infections. Schlosser said excess calcium in pools can also cause scaling on the sides of the pools, costly damages to pool equipment and irritation to the skin and eyes of people using the pool.

Consumers should also check regularly for leaks in pool equipment, which can result in high water bills, loss of chemicals, and would make it harder and more expensive to keep the pool clean. The fix can be as simple as replacing a gasket.

BBB recommends the following pool maintenance tips:

-Make sure to research any pool service and maintenance company by visiting www.bbb.org/tucson before contracting with them. Examine the company’s letter grade, as well as customer reviews and complaint history.

-Get your pool water tested for calcium and high mineral content to ensure that it remains hygienic throughout the summer.

-Circulate the water in your pool three times a day during the summer to help dissolve the chlorine, and drain and replace your pool water once every 5-8 years.

-Compare repair and maintenance costs by getting at least three bids from separate pool service companies.

-Pool services can vary from simple pool cleaning, to water testing, to equipment replacement, so know what you want done before hand, and get it in writing.

-Make sure the company is insured against claims of property damage, in case anything goes wrong during your service call.

For more information, visit www.bbb.org/tucson.

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