Six Principles of Successful Pool Ownership

As pool professionals, we deal with pools and pool owners on a regular basis. As a result, we are in a unique position to see the mistakes pool owners frequently make.


Owning a pool is a joy and responsibility.We’ve compiled a list of some of the more frequent blunders to raise awareness of things the owner can do to avoid some basic problems associated with pool ownership.

Lock the gate

Even if the latch is high, don’t trust it! Easy access to a pool is an invitation for older children and vagrants to enjoy your pool when you’re away. Keep the gate locked at all times with a proper lock, not just a stick or carabiner clip. If someone sneaks into your pool and somehow comes to an ill-end, you are responsible if you didn’t exercise due diligence.


Watch the chemicals

Keeping the chemicals balanced is an easy chore to forget or neglect. Pools should be tested (minimally) once per week in the winter, and every other day or so in the summer. Testing is the easiest way to keep on top of what is happening with your pool: looking at the water is not. Applying chemicals to keep algae and minerals at bay and the pH in balance will keep the pool water in an optimal state.

Keep debris and critters out

That branch a storm blew in, and the mouse or frog in the skimmer are problems which need to be treated right away. These are things which can compromise the safety of the pool.

Keep the water at the correct level

The water level of a pool should be between one-third to halfway up the pool skimmer opening for the average pool. If the pool isn’t equipped with an automatic fill, it’s even more important to be diligent about maintaining the water level. If the pool does have an automatic fill, it’s worthwhile to keep an eye on it, just in case the float becomes stuck.


When repairs arise, it’s easy to overlook the long term effect these have on your pool. Leaks, plastering, and even replacing missing tiles can cost a little money, but save a lot of money down the road if minor repairs are completed promptly.

Regular pool maintenance


Brushing, backwashing, vacuuming, skimming leaves, and keeping the baskets clean all contribute to a gloriously clean and safe pool. Conversely, not conducting these little maintenance chores will eventually lead to trouble. Be diligent, the same way people are careful about walking the dog or collecting the daily paper. If you can’t do it yourself, don’t feel bad. Many people are busy but want a well-maintained pool. In that case, a pool maintenance company might be a great idea!

813 Pool Service provides Tampa, Florida and the surrounding area pool cleaning, pool repair, and pool maintenance including pump and motor repair. Call us today! 813-461-6102.