The pool industry knows that without proper water maintenance, everything in the pool environment will deteriorate. But as a pool owner, do you?
While a pool cover is fantastic at stopping evaporation and chemical loss, it also needs to be removed regularly to let the pool ‘breathe’ and to check its water chemistry.
Regardless of any fancy options some companies may offer, there is no alternative to removing the pool cover to let the pool breathe.
What are the contributing factors towards equipment and pool surface deterioration?
It simply comes back to pool maintenance, ensuring chemical balance of the water. Think of it like buying a new car and never getting it serviced. Then, when the engine fails you might blame the air filter for killing the engine. It was not the fault of the air filter; it was the lack of maintenance of the car that made it fail. This is the same as a swimming pool, regular maintenance is essential to avoid any adverse effects of the water being ‘out of balance’.
Don’t Set and Forget!
What the team at Daisy are introducing is a ‘Daisy Day’ in the off season, when the pool is not being used as regularly, to remind consumers to remove the pool cover and test the water at their local pool shop. From there, the pool shop can help them correct the pool’s water balance to extend the life of their pool equipment and pool finish.
Generally, this is not needed in the swimming season as the cover regularly comes off and on for swimming allowing the pool to breathe.
When the swimming season finishes, a lot of us rarely enter our pool area and forget about looking after the pool and checking the water balance.
The Daisy Day is being introduced as a reminder and a reason to check your pool. You will increase the longevity of your pool cover and minimise the risk of damage to other pieces of pool equipment as well as the swimming pool surface finish.
What to do
On the first Saturday in May, Daisy encourage you to remove the pool cover for the day and take a water sample down to your pool shop to get it tested.
Water Samples: To take a proper water sample, use a clean cup or bottle (with cap if you’re taking it to the pool store) and hold it upside down so that the opening is facing the floor. Insert into the water elbow-deep and turn it right side up to collect the sample. Do not take the sample near any return jets or skimmer opening.
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Why is Daisy doing this?
While Daisy Pool Covers does not benefit directly from consumers looking after their swimming pool water, if we can help pool owners experience and maintain their swimming pools, more people will be enjoying their pools more often with less headaches along the way.
Daisy, as the market leader of pool covers, needs to educate the industry and wider community on what pool covers are and what they will and won’t do. There are a few misconceptions out there about adverse effects of a pool cover on the pool’s water balance or surface finish.
Independent verification of surface finish and equipment failures shows that the water balance of the pool is the contributing factor for all perceived negative outcomes.
The Daisy Day is the first Saturday of the off-season months (May, June, July and August) to remember to take your Daisy off the pool, take a water sample to the pool shop and get it tested.