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Summer Tips for Pool Maintenance

Taking care of your pool during the summer can be a completely different ballgame than doing the same during the winter, especially in Phoenix, Arizona. The hotter it gets, the more difficult it gets to ensure that you have a safe and healthy swimming pool for you and your family. It requires a bit more work, but this slightly increased workload is a lot less of a hassle than it will be if the health of your pool gets out of hand. Here are some pool maintenance tips for keeping your pool safe throughout the hotter months.

How to Make Your Pool Look Beautiful All Summer Long

It is important to remember that shocking your pool becomes a more frequent necessity during the summer. You shock the pool by purchasing the “shock” from any number of retail outlets, diluting this substance in water, and dispersing this solution in the deep end of your pool, letting the pump run for about five minutes after its addition. After each application, you test the pool’s pH levels to ensure an optimal balance. Make sure to not re-enter the pool after shocking until chlorine levels fall back down to one to three parts per million in your pool. To keep the best eye on your pool possible and prevent potentially huge problems, you should check the chemical levels of your pool up to twice a week.

For a couple of different reasons, it is typical for more debris to be introduced into your pool during the summer. In order to mitigate the effect of this increased amount of debris, you should take a few steps to ensure the health of your pool. Firstly, you should be running your pool pump a bit more during these months. It is a good rule of thumb to run the pump one hour every day for every 10 degrees it is outside. So if it is 90 degrees outside, you should be running the pump for up to nine hours. You should also get into the habit of cleaning your pool at least once a week. This includes skimming the top for debris as well as brushing the sides to prevent dirt and algae buildup.

Surviving the Summer with Your Pool

The summer months in Arizona can bring some unpleasantness with them. This certainly falls under that category, but doing these things will keep your pool from becoming dirty and unsafe and will prevent much bigger problems and investments down the road. For additional pool care tips and landscaping services, contact New Image today!