Maintenance and Care: Prolonging the Life and Beauty of Your Outdoor Living Space

An outdoor living space is more than just an extension of your home; it’s an investment in relaxation, entertainment, and enjoyment. Whether it’s a pool, porch, decking, or outdoor kitchen, proper maintenance is essential to preserve its beauty and functionality while preventing costly repairs. Here are some tips to ensure your outdoor oasis remains ready and operational whenever you need it:

Pool Maintenance: Water management is key. The quality and flow of water play a crucial role in the longevity of your pool. Chlorine, while necessary to prevent disease, can be corrosive if not used correctly, leading to damage to piping, pumps, plaster, and equipment. Proper water balance not only reduces chemical usage but also sustains your pool’s lifespan.

Brushing and vacuuming your pool weekly is a critical step to maintaining your pool. Your pool cleaner may pick up leaves, but does not capture smaller contaminates like pollen and dirt. The only way smaller contaminants are removed is by vacuuming the pool with the pool filter system.

Outdoor Kitchen: Regularly clean your cooking equipment to prevent bacteria buildup and vermin attraction. Charred residues on your grill don’t enhance flavor; they harbor harmful organisms. Replace rusted or broken grill components as needed.

Immediately clean griddles after use. Here’s a trade secret: Turn your griddle to high, dump a cup of ice on it, then scrape with a metal spatula. Additionally, ensure your outdoor kitchen is free from bugs, and avoid storing food items outside to deter vermin.

For cooking items that use wood or wood products, remove cool ash within 24 hours of use.  The high humidity of the Texas Gulf Coast will cause premature wear on all trays and cooking items.

Pool Decking: If you have a concrete slab with a stamped overlay, fill cracks with paint and repair failing coping grout promptly. In the harsh Texas Gulf Coast climate, painted decking typically lasts eight to ten years.

Preventive Maintenance: The Houston area is prone to airborne contaminants and debris. Regularly remove leaves, grass clippings, and bugs from your outdoor space and pool, ideally on a weekly basis or even daily if necessary. Empty all filter baskets weekly (or daily if needed) and clean cartridge filters AT LEAST quarterly, and DE Filters at least semi-annually. Address leaks promptly, as often, it’s a simple o-ring or seal replacement that could save you from costly pump replacements.

Remember, preventive maintenance goes a long way in preserving the integrity of your outdoor living space. By staying proactive and attentive to the needs of your pool, decking, outdoor kitchen, and other outdoor features, you can ensure they continue to provide years of enjoyment for you, your family, and your guests. So, invest the time and effort now to protect your outdoor oasis for the long haul.

At Custom Outdoors, we have been building and maintaining premier outdoor living spaces for over 27 years. Need help? Contact us today.

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