Proper maintenance of any asset is a capital investment in itself, especially with apartment swimming pools. If pool maintenance practices are compromised to save during lean times or for other reasons, a valuable amenity suddenly isn’t an attractive asset and requires significant money to restore.
For about an hour each week, big problems can be avoided with inexpensive maintenance practices that will protect an apartment property’s investment. The annual estimated cost of $100 in test kits and diligent use of them and other practices can prevent a needed $20,000 investment for major repairs because of improper pool maintenance.
Proper Pool Maintenance is a Year-Long Habit
When summer is almost over and usage is starting to slow, it still won't mean a swimming pool should be out of sight, out of mind.
If not monitored, chemical imbalances could form in the water, resulting in corrosion and high alkalinity that will reduce life spans of plaster, tiles, and equipment. A normal 20-year life expectancy on the swimming pool’s plaster can be cut in half, while pumps, filters, and lines could get scaled and clogged.
The damage could leave a property manager swimming in a pool of repairs that could dent any apartment property’s budget.
Other aspects of the swimming pool’s appearance can be compromised, too. Getting a perfect tile match on a repair is virtually impossible because tiles are like carpet and paint and come in color lots. When styles change, it’s difficult to find a match.
60 Minutes a Week Can Save You Thousands
Proper pool maintenance requires minimal monthly cost and time, considering the damage that could be done and how long the amenity could be out of service to residents. Here are some pool maintenance tips that take only about an hour a week to administer:
- Chemicals, like chlorine, and PH levels should be checked three times daily during peak usage and at least once per day during non-peak usage. Time to do: about 15 minutes.
- Alkalinity should be checked once per week. Time to do: about 5-10 minutes
- Calcium hardness and uric acid levels need to be checked once per month. Time to do: about 10 minutes.
- A 5-minute check of the flow meter to make sure the swimming pool is circulating water at a proper rate is recommended.
- Brush the walls and floor weekly to remove algae. This may take 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the swimming pool
- Keep a preventative amount of algaecide in the pool. Add weekly.
- Keep water circulation at the proper turnover rate. Do not add harmful chemicals through the skimmers, and keep the skimmers and line basket free of debris.
By investing about an hour a week at a minimal cost in pool maintenance, a property manager can avoid a big capital repair project that can climb into the thousands of dollars and extend the life of a valuable amenity for the apartment property.
What does your swimming pool maintenance routine look like? How long does it take?