July 25, 2024

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Beat the Heat: Quality Tips for Maintaining Your Pool This Summer

The summer months are upon us and it’s important to make sure your pool is ready for the hot weather. Not only does a well-maintained pool provide a refreshing oasis during those sweltering days, but it also ensures the safety and health of anyone who uses it. Here are some quality tips for maintaining your pool this summer.

1. Skim and Clean Regularly

To keep your pool inviting and clear, make it a habit to skim off leaves, bugs, and debris regularly. Use a skimmer net daily, and once a week, deep clean the pool’s walls and floor with a vacuum or robotic cleaner.

2. Check and Adjust Chemical Levels

Proper chemical balance is crucial for a healthy pool. Test the water’s pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels at least twice a week. Aim to keep the pH level between 7.4 and 7.6, the alkalinity between 80 and 120 ppm, and chlorine levels between 1 and 3 ppm.

3. Shock Your Pool

After heavy use or a rainstorm, “shock” your pool by adding a high dose of chlorine to kill off bacteria and algae. This should be done every 1-2 weeks to maintain clear and safe water.

4. Clean the Pool Filter

Your pool filter traps dirt and debris, keeping your water clean. Depending on the type of filter you have (sand, cartridge, or diatomaceous earth), clean or replace it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, you should clean the filter every 1-3 months.

5. Monitor Water Levels

Keep an eye on your pool’s water level, which should be around the middle of your skimmer opening. Too high or too low water levels can cause the pump to malfunction. After heavy rainfall or splashing, use a garden hose to fill it up or a submersible pump to remove excess water.

6. Use Pool Covers

When your pool is not in use, cover it with a pool cover to keep out debris and reduce evaporation. This helps maintain the water’s chemical balance and saves on water bills.

7. Inspect and Maintain Pool Equipment

Regularly check your pool equipment, such as the pump, heater, and chlorinator, for any signs of wear or issues. Routine maintenance will ensure everything runs smoothly and can prevent costly repairs down the line.

8. Keep an Eye on Algae Growth

Algae can turn your pool water green and slippery. Brush your pool walls and floors weekly to prevent algae buildup, and use an algaecide if needed. Keeping your chemical levels balanced will also help keep algae at bay.

9. Manage Pool Circulation

Run your pool pump for at least 8-12 hours a day during the summer to ensure proper water circulation. Good circulation helps distribute chemicals evenly, prevents algae growth, and keeps your water clear.

10. Enjoy Regular Professional Check-ups

Consider hiring a professional pool service to inspect and maintain your pool periodically. They can spot potential issues early and provide expert advice, ensuring your pool remains in prime condition all summer long.

Keep these tips in mind to enjoy a refreshing and well-maintained pool throughout the hot summer months. For more expert advice, sign up for our newsletter and stay updated on the latest pool maintenance trends!