As soon as they get into the rhythm of pool maintenance, it is natural that many owners start to think that they already have everything under control and that this treatment routine is no big deal.
The problem is that this thought is usually accompanied by the tempting idea that “shortcuts” to keep that space clean — and to save money on the pool, of course — can be good alternatives.
But not quite. The truth is that this comfort zone is responsible for the emergence of several bad habits among handlers and owners who, even under the false impression of optimizing this activity, end up not saving money on the pool.
Want to save money on the pool? Know which habits to break
As the pool is usually an extension of our homes, it is common for each person to deal with its treatment in the way they find most convenient. However, there are some actions that can be taken to reduce costs and ensure the durability of your components and equipment.
That’s why, in this article, we’ve put together four bad habits that can be eliminated in favor of a cheaper and more efficient routine. Check out:
1 – Application of products in the “eye-meter”
Some talk about pool maintenance as if it were an art, but we have to disagree. Keep in mind that maintaining the pool’s chemical balance is an exact science: you need to add a specific amount of one or more specific products to achieve a specific effect. When we talk about chemistry, nothing is negotiable.
In this context, it is fundamental that specific meters are used and that mixtures and combinations are carried out within the parameters indicated by the manufacturer, since this is the only way to guarantee consistency in this process. Thus, the action of your products remains active for the right amount of time and, in the long run, you end up spending less on replacing these items!
2 – Incorrect use of test kits
Here we will hit the consistency key once again. In addition to paying attention to the correct dosage and application of products, it is equally important to pay due attention to the process of checking the chemical parameters of the water.
Did you know, for example, that even incorrect handling of test kits can affect the result, jeopardizing the entire treatment flow?
Especially when we think about test strips, it is worth noting that handling these products and solutions requires extra attention, since exposure to heat, water or other elements can change the chemical properties present in the strips or reagents and end up generating inaccurate results.
3 – Leave the equipment in the pool
Even with the pool out of use, it’s no secret that it needs care from time to time. Knowing this, many owners choose not to remove some equipment from the water, such as the hose and vacuum base or the telescopic handle.
In theory, the idea is to buy time when it comes time for the next aspiration. However, in practice, this is a bad habit that accelerates the wear of these items.
Remember that most of them were developed for quick and punctual use, not to spend weeks or even months submerged in water.
Therefore, if your idea is to save money with the pool, the ideal is to always wash these equipment under running water and store them in a dry and protected place until the next use — that way, they last longer and you spend less on replacement.
4 – Not taking the temperature into account
Finally, the last bad habit ends up going unnoticed even among the most experienced: not taking the temperature into account when balancing the pool.
That’s because, on very sunny and hot days, you have to remember that the water will evaporate faster – and the chemicals will turn to steam along with it.
At the same time, during winter and in more humid and cold seasons, the tendency is for alkalinity to have more intense peaks, which can make the water more corrosive and cloudy, thus requiring adjustments more frequently.
Hence the importance, once again, of always checking and correcting the parameters accurately instead of always repeating the same applications mechanically.
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