While pools are a great source of fun and long-lasting memories, they do come with big responsibilities. Properly caring for your pool plays a huge role in the longevity of your pool, as well as the water quality and efficiency. Knowing what it takes to maintain your pool is an integral part of pool ownership and with the right tips, and professional help, you can keep your pool well-maintained for years to come. 

Importance of Balanced Water Chemistry

One of the vital reasons for proper pool maintenance is to keep the water chemistry balanced. While it’s not fun to think about, pool water does contain a lot of contaminants such as human sweat, deodorants, sunscreen, hair strands, and other elements that make it dirty.  Your pool’s water chemistry needs to be correctly balanced to ensure the water is clean and safe to swim in. 

Balanced water chemistry reduces several issues such as irritation on your skin and eyes during swimming, not to mention damage to your pool equipment and pool surface. Regularly cleaning and maintaining your pool keeps the water clean and safe for everyone to swim in, making swimming more fun and exciting.

Keep Your Pool Clean

In addition to balanced water chemistry, how clean you keep your pool will affect how it functions. Skim your pool on a daily basis and be sure to maintain a regular cleaning schedule. Brush the walls and tile line, and vacuum the pool walls and floor. Not only will this keep debris out of your pool and keep your water clear, but it will also help protect your pool equipment from damage. 

Automatic pool cleaners are a great investment as they significantly reduce your cleaning time, giving you more time in the water rather than caring for it!

Care for Your Pool Equipment

Your pool equipment is the heart of your pool. If it’s not properly cared for then your pool will not operate correctly, which can lead to very expensive repairs down the road. Your pool equipment, such as filters, pumps, heaters, salt chlorine generators, and chemical feeders, is prone to normal wear and tear over the years. However, regular care and maintenance keep your pool equipment in optimal working condition and extend its lifespan.

What Happens if You Don’t Maintain Your Pool?

So, what happens if you don’t properly maintain your pool?  If you neglect your pool, dust, dirt, and debris may build up and clog its filters, affecting your pool’s optimal functionality and leading to expensive repairs. Besides blockage of vital pool equipment, neglected pools also experience increased wear, tear, and equipment failure resulting in expensive repairs and replacements.

If you don’t clean your pool and maintain the water balance, the dirty water will also create a breeding ground for algae, not only giving it a green appearance but making it unsafe to swim. 

Your Coventry Pool Care Experts

Although it can be tempting to handle all your pool care and maintenance on your own, there are many benefits to hiring a professional pool service company, including regular pool equipment inspection and early detection of underlying issues before they become bigger problems. 

Pool ownership is meant to be enjoyed, and the pool service professionals at The Pool Doctor look forward to bringing our knowledge and experience to your backyard so you can have a worry-free pool ownership experience. Give us a call to schedule your professional pool opening appointment today to get your pool properly ready for swim season. 


The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is the leading full-service pool and spa company in Rhode Island. Their business had its beginnings in 1987 when co-owner Ron Leclerc began selling pool supplies out of the back of his Camaro. In 2001, Ron and his wife Debbie opened their 7,000 square foot facility in Coventry. This extensive and beautiful showroom is the result of years of hard work and represents a long-standing tradition of excellence and commitment to giving Rhode Islanders the best pool and spa service, advice, and products.  

From installing vinyl liner inground swimming pools to selling gorgeous Dimension One hot tubs to offering free water-testing and professional service in their store, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is your place for everything pool and spa. They are a proud BioGuard Platinum Dealer and also offer a huge selection of other brands of swimming pool and hot tub supplies, including Loop-Loc Pool Safety Covers, above ground pools, and Hayward equipment. But, more than anything, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island strives to give their customers a wonderful experience from beginning to end. 

Visit The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island at 2200 Nooseneck Hill Road in Coventry or at splashtime.com or give them a call at (401) 392-1300. They serve all of Rhode Island, including Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Richmond, and Hopkinton.