Congratulations on your new pool! Your landscaper and designer did a fantastic job at selecting a pool that fits your style without overwhelming your yard. You and your family can’t wait to swim a few laps in its clean, clear water.
But maintaining a pool isn’t always as fun as swimming in one. If you forget to adjust the chemicals or hire a professional to check for leaks, your new pool won’t stay beautiful and pristine for long.
Fortunately, the following apps can help you monitor your pool’s condition so you know when and how to take action.
1. Insta-Link Water Testing
As a pool owner, you have to test and balance the water to ensure sanitation and prevent algae growth. But those testing strips can seem tedious and confusing if you lack previous testing knowledge or experience.
Insta-Link Water Testing takes the guesswork out of pool testing. You simply scan the testing strips with your smartphone, and the app will then give you simple recommendations for balancing your pool’s chemicals.
Availability: iOS and Android
2. Pool Pal
Pool Pal lets you enter your pool’s length, width, and depth measurements to accurately assess how many gallons are in your pool. From there, the app lets you set goals for your pool’s maintenance and tracks pH, bromine, chlorine, and calcium hardness levels. It even allows you to adjust your calculations based on water temperature.
The app works well for above-ground and in-ground pools, though you may have to adjust your measurements to account for any abnormally shaped pools.
Availability: iOS and Android
3. Swim University
SwimUniversity.com gives its readers numerous resources for keeping their pool in good condition, and now they’ve expanded their site to include a free, easy-to-use app.
The app, like the website, offers how-to instructional videos and articles that even beginners can follow. It also gives you extensive buying guides so you know which products will give you the most for your money.
4. Pool Cloud
Pool Cloud combines multiple services into a single center for all your pool needs. Like the apps listed above, it provides step-by-step instructions for maintaining your pool as well as video tutorials to clarify any confusing points. Additionally, it quickly calculates the chemicals you need to maintain your pool via its chemical brand database.
But that’s not all the app can do. It also gives you tips on how to handle special scenarios, such as when you leave for a few days or an accident requires extensive cleaning. And it helps you set up service plans so you know when to call your technician for a tune-up.
5. My Pool Doctor
Although many homeowners prefer to treat their pool with chlorine, you don’t have to stick to the traditional method to ensure your pool stays clean. If you have allergies or sensitivities to chlorine, you can use My Pool Doctor to calculate chlorine-free disinfection.
Additionally, My Pool Doctor gives you professional insight into what chemicals to avoid and what treatments you should never forget. With My Pool Doctor on hand, you can learn how to better care for your pool and avoid costly repairs in the future.
6. Pool Genius
Pool Genius focuses on simplicity. As with other apps, it gives easy-to-follow guides and instructions, so you don’t have to second guess your maintenance routine.
However, the app takes your basic information further with in-depth articles on different filtration systems. You can then use the app to help you weigh pros and cons of these systems so you can make the smart
decision about how to maintain your pool.
Need Additional Advice?
While the above apps can help you monitor your pool, they can’t replace a professional. If you have further questions about how to best maintain your pool, talk to a pool technician and check our blog for frequent updates.