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Imagine this: the sun is out, the water is warm, and you are ready to start your afternoon with a dip in the pool. Sounds great, right? Not too fast! Don’t be so sure your pool is always ready for swimmers at this time of the year. Routine pool care is essential for maintaining the health of your pool and those who swim in it. Prepare to dive in with us as we guide you through some pool care tips and tricks.
Summertime is the time of year when pool use is at its highest; however, it is also the time of year that demands more attention for routine maintenance. During the summer months, we experience a whole range of weather conditions that harm pool chemicals: high heat, thunderstorms, rain, etc. We also bring bacteria into our pools when we jump in! This presents a problem for us: the more we enjoy our pools on hot summer days, the greater risk we have of throwing off our pools’ chemicals.
Maintaining proper chlorine levels is crucial for helping to fight bacteria and keep your pool healthy. Summer weather can often dilute chlorine levels in your pool, and our presence in the pools adds unwanted bacteria. Do you see why it is important to perform routine maintenance? Don’t worry; we are here to make your life easier? We are going to give you 5 tips for pool maintenance that will help keep you and your pool healthy.
Routine is the key to ensure that your pool stays clean and pristine. Pick one time and days of the week to routinely check your pool chemicals. You should add chlorine at least once every 7 days to ensure that the chlorine levels stay between 1-3 ppm (parts per million).
Did you know that the sun can evaporate chlorine from your pool? Keep this in mind on those fun and especially hot summer days. Rainwater can also dilute the chlorine levels in your pool, leading to the growth of bacteria. So, be sure to check your pool chemicals with test strips on these special weather days and then add the chemicals needed.
Algae is the enemy of a healthy pool. Be sure to add preventative algaecide once a week to help your pool fight off algae before it gets there! We recommend that you add algaecide after chlorine so that you can add everything you need all at once! Just be sure to read the algaecide label carefully and follow the directions.
Look, we get it; running your pump more causes your electric bill to go up, but you should know that algae and bacteria thrive in still environments. Also, in order for your chemicals to work, your pool must be well circulated. We recommend that you run the pump 24/7 but we know money can be an issue, so be sure to run it as much as possible.
Many people jump into a pool after getting into a lake, river, or ocean. But, did you know that you can transport bacteria from the bodies of water to your pool? Bacteria travels from one place to another through your swimsuits! Next time you make this transition, just be sure to rinse off or change suits before you jump into the pool.