Five Pool Screen Maintenance Tips

A pool screen protects your pool from debris and animals while also keeping biting insects away from swimmers. Since your screen is an investment, you want to ensure it has a long service life.

1. Keep It Brushed

Most of the dirt that affects your pool's screen is loose debris—fallen leaves, twigs, and similar. Take the time to brush this debris off the screen and your screen can go longer between full cleanings. Further, removal of the debris can prevent it from causing damage to the screen itself. You can remove debris in one of two ways. The first is to brush it off using a soft-bristled brush. The other is to blow off the debris using a leaf blower.

2. Wash With Care

Eventually, the screens will need to be washed. If they are looking quite dirty, or if they have bird droppings on them, it is time for a full wash. Bird droppings can damage the screen due to their high acid content. For a DIY cleaning, the best way is to soak the screens with water from a garden hose, then to carefully scrub them with a soft sponge. You can use a mild detergent if necessary. A professional will likely use a pressure washer, but this is more likely to result in damage if you are not experienced in its use.

3. Stay On Top of Mold

Mold can be a problem on screens, particularly if your area is naturally humid and shaded. The simplest way to deal with mold is to wipe down the screens with a diluted bleach solution. This kills the mold and helps remove any mold stains. You can scrub the frames with a stiff brush to remove stubborn mold, just take care not to damage the screening itself.

4. Inspect Regularly

Regular cleanings should also include regular inspections, as well. Look for any signs of damage, such as tears in the screen or loose connections where the screen is beginning to warp. The frame should also be checked for signs of corrosion as well as loose or bent supports.

5. Repair Promptly

If you find damage, immediate repairs are necessary. Ignoring damage will only make it worse. If left alone for too long, the damage can become so great that you will need to replace the screen rather than repair it. A screen repair service can replace damaged screening, secure supports, and replace any that have become bent.

Contact a pool screen repair service for more information.