This article shares how some quick Charlotte pool maintenance and a little technical help is all you need to get your pool ready for summer fun!

Sure, we all love to enjoy our pools when the Charlotte summer sun starts beating down, but annual pool maintenance may not be something we look forward to quite as much. The good news is that it’s really not as complex as most people believe, and there are new technologies out there that will have you back in the water before you know it.

The first thing that you have to address in Charlotte is blatantly obvious at this time of the year: Pollen! The yellowish green stuff that coats our cars and patios also makes it into our pools, where it can cause more issues than just leaving your pool looking unattractive and unkempt. (It’s worth noting that some algae can look like pollen, and is better treated through chemicals. One of the key ways of determining the difference is where you see it: Pollen typically floats whereas algae generally sticks to the sides or bottom of the pool.)

Your first line of defense against pollen (and many other unwanted items) is a pool filter. Always defer to your manufacturer’s instructions, since every pool filter and system is unique. In general, pool filter cartridges should be replaced every 1-2 years or after about 2,000 hours of use. (Pollen, suntan lotion, and other contaminants can greatly reduce that lifespan, however.) The filters themselves can last for much longer, again depending on your system. (It’s also worth noting that at this time of the year, switching out your home’s HVAC filter will make life much easier for the allergy sufferers in your house and have the whole family breathing easier.)

You can prolong the life of your cartridge filters by as much as four years (or more!) if you thoroughly clean the filters at least 2-3 times a year. Remove the filters from the filter unit and, using a high-pressure hose, thoroughly spray the filters down to remove pollen, dirt and other organics. By following this cleaning method and schedule, pool water will remain healthier, chemicals will stay in balance longer, and your pumps will run with less restricted water flow, thereby prolonging pump life.

Another way to keep pollen down is to continually keep up with it by using a robotic pool cleaner. If you have an older model, consider an upgrade since technology has evolved considerably in the past decade. We just upgraded from the model we had for the past 9 years to a new Polaris Premium Robotic Pool Cleaner- P965IQ from Leslie Pools in Pineville. What we love about this model is not only how efficiently it cleans and the fact that it has 4 wheel drive, so it can easily get over any obstacles in your pool, but how connected it is. Its iAquaLink Control connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, giving you anytime, anywhere access to real-time scheduling, and troubleshooting from any smart device using the iAquaLink app. To extend its life, remember to remove the unit from the pool when cleaning is completed. (This little robot is pretty easy to remove and move into its storage cart.)

With a little maintenance and some technical help, you can keep your pool ready for summer fun.