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Proper swimming pool maintenance in Atlanta goes beyond skimming your pool for leaves & debris.

Take it from the experts at The Pool Butler: in order for your pool to look beautiful and function in the best condition possible, you will require a robust maintenance plan that covers a wide range of services.

With that said, these tasks can’t be carried out by just anyone; they call for a team of swimming pool service professionals who have many years of experience and knowledge under their belt, as well as the necessary tools and equipment to get the job done right.

Many pool owners out there may go into pool ownership with the misconception that pool maintenance is an easy one-time job; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if you’re a novice when it comes to swimming pool maintenance, you shouldn’t be attempting to maintain your pool in the first place. Why?

Think of it like this: you notice that your vehicle’s check-engine light has turned on suddenly, and you’re quite sure something is wrong with the vehicle’s timing chain, but can’t be certain (as you aren’t a mechanic). Regardless, however, you go against your instinct of bringing your car into a shop and attempt to repair your timing chain yourself. Unfortunately, the vehicle’s timing chain wasn’t the issue, and now you still have the original issue to deal with along with a brand new issue due to botching the timing chain.

The same rules apply when it comes to maintaining your pool; you may think you’re doing the job correctly when in reality you’re making matters worse. This is why it’s best to leave swimming pool maintenance to the professionals.

To prove it, we’ll go over just a few of the tasks included in the proper pool maintenance plan:

Vacuuming Your Swimming Pool

While your swimming pool’s filter -- if working correctly -- will rid your pool of most dirt, grime, insects, and leaves, debris can still build up and linger, causing stains on your pool’s bottom.

This is why the proper pool maintenance plan will include regular vacuuming of the pool’s surface. At The Pool Butler, our pool maintenance technicians are diligent when it comes to pool cleaning, and ensure your pool’s surface is regularly vacuumed using industry-grade equipment that covers every square inch of your swimming pool.

In addition to vacuuming your pool, our technicians will also thoroughly scrub the sides of your pool, in order to prevent mold and algae growth, as well as unsightly stains. This keeps your pool water sparkling all season long.

Skimming Your Swimming Pool

Beyond vacuuming your pool, thoroughly skimming the pool’s surface will need to performed regularly in order to prevent filter clogs, which could lead to costly damages and an unswimmable pool.

We’re not talking about a quick once over with a standard net either; skimming -- when done right -- is a long and thorough process that ensures every piece of debris that hasn’t made its way into your pool’s filter is successfully removed before anyone jumps into the pool for a swim.

Skimming is especially needed after a recent storm, as high winds are guaranteed to blow excess dirt, leaves, twigs, and even insects into your swimming pool. Leaving this debris in your pool for too long can taint your pool water, making it unhealthy to go for a swim.

Unfortunately, skimming your pool requires an insurmountable amount of time and dedication, if you’re wanting to do the job yourself, and is yet another reason why hiring a swimming pool maintenance professional -- like The Pool Butler -- is ideal.

Our pool technicians can spot even the smallest piece of debris, and can ensure a clean swim for you and your family every time you step foot into your pool.

Pool Skimming Basics: Skimming your pool's surface is a basic, yet important aspect of keeping your pool clean and functioning properly.
Video courtesy of Expert Village on YouTube.

Checking & Maintaining Your Pool's Water Level

As tedious as it may sound, your swimming pool’s water level needs to be exactly right in order for it to function properly.

Ask any swimming pool maintenance expert, and they’ll tell you the ideal water level for a pool is between one third and one half of the way up the pool’s skimmer. This will allow your pool to perform at an efficient level.

What happens if your pool’s water is above the recommended level? The answer is simple: you’ll be experiencing clogs on a daily basis, as the water will be moving at such a slow pace that debris won’t be able to be properly pulled through the skimmer.

What happens if your pool’s water is below the recommended level? This will force your pool’s skimmer to bottom out, which can cause your swimming pool to lose its prime (or the water moving through the system. What’s worse? This could lead to burning out your pool’s pump motor.

Adjusting Your Pool's Chemicals

In order to ensure a safe and clean swim, your pool’s chemicals will need to be consistently adjusted; making sure to create the most comfortable swimming environment while, at the same time, ridding your pool of bacteria.

Sadly, this is no easy feat, and one novice pool owners often get wrong. Adding too many chemicals to your swimming pool can damage its lining, while running the risk of burning skin. On the other hand, if you’re not adding enough chemicals, you run the risk of bacteria building up, causing your pool’s water to be too polluted to ensure safety from illnesses.

By hiring a professional who includes chemical adjustments in your pool maintenance plan -- like we do, at The Pool Butler -- you’ll be ensuring your pool is constantly receiving the exact amount of chemicals it needs to provide the safest swim possible.

At The Pool Butler, our technicians use industry-grade techniques and technology to inspect your pool’s pH level as well as chlorine levels, and do so on a consistent basis to make sure you and your family are never jumping into a dangerous pool.

Pool Chemistry 101: The chemicals in your pool require a distinct balance to ensure a safe and clean swim.
Video courtesy of Pool Supply World on YouTube.

Hiring The Right Pool Maintenance Company In Atlanta

Licensing in the swimming pool industry can be a confusing concept, and depends highly on the state in which you reside. In Tampa, Fla., for example, in order to provide pool cleaning services to residential swimming pools, you simply need to register with your tax collector and establish an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for tax purposes.

Here’s where it gets tricky. Major repairs to your pool equipment or to a commercial property may require a contractor’s license. Many smaller pool companies will sub out their repairs to companies that specialize in your type of repair. If you have any questions, talk to your pool technician to make sure he or she is properly licensed for the types of services or repairs requested.

For Atlanta residents, The Pool Butler is the go-to for all of your swimming pool needs. We’re a full-service pool maintenance and cleaning company who has been providing metro Atlanta homeowners with exceptional swimming pool services.