Summer Pool Maintenance Tips

For those of you who rely on calendars to inform you of the changing of the seasons, you may be a little surprised when you step outside your Phoenix abode and are hit in the face by extreme heat. In Arizona, we use calendars as ways of marking off the days until the cool weather returns, and we know summer officially arrived back in April with the advent of temperatures that reached the century mark! Because of the extreme summer temps, many Arizonans also know how to extend their outdoor play time as they spend hours hanging out by the pool. Unfortunately, the higher utilization of our watery playgrounds also means more pool maintenance. New Image Landscape and Pools knows your pain, and as such, we have created this guide to summer pool maintenance tips in order to help you spend more time in the water and less time hanging out by the equipment trying to keep the pool clean and safe!

A Little Extra Effort

Summer swim season is one of our favorite times of the year, but as we stated earlier, more use leads to more effort in keeping our pools swim ready! The warmer water is a perfect environment for algae and bacteria growth, so running the pool pump and filter helps to continuously turn the water over during the heat of the day to keep it from getting stagnant. You’ll know if you aren’t running the equipment long enough by the appearance of algae growth in the top 8 to 10 inches from the surface. Another thing to look out for is sun exposure; just as moss grows on the north side of a tree, algae will makes its appearance on the south side of the pool.

The More you Swim the More Pool Maintenance

Socializing with pool parties is very popular in the desert, but this activity comes with one major drawback. A heavy swim load can be the biggest element affecting your pool’s cleanliness and beauty. More bodies in the pool will cause a serious strain on your sanitizing chemicals as the body oils, sweat, and more will affect the chemistry of the pool. Many people believe that the problem can be solved by just dumping some extra chlorine in the water, but there’s more that needs to be done. Using more chlorine in you pool more often causes larger swings in the balance of other chemicals in the pool, such as the pH and alkalinity of the water. A happy pool requires a balance of chemicals, and if you overload one it will quickly be evident by the appearance of the water. Testing kits make it easier to determine which chemicals are lacking and of which there is an abundance; these are sold at most pool and home improvement stores.

Plant Growth is Only Pretty on Land

Everyone loves a beautiful garden, but vegetation growth is of a huge concern for pool water health. When plants and flowers are in bloom, winds pick up pollen, dust, and grass clippings from your yard and your neighbor’s yard and quickly deposit them where you really don’t want them to be—in your pool. It’s important to be mindful of what plants you put in your yard, or more specifically the pool area. Things that drop or shed a lot of debris or pollen can be counterintuitive to a healthy pool, because these particles supply the unwanted algae with a food source, turning your pool a most unlovely shade of green, yellow, or in worst case scenarios, black.

Phosphates can be chemically and safely removed from your pool water with a bottle of phosphate removal, such as Orenda Pr-10,000 Phosphate Remover Concentrate For Swimming Pools or Natural Chemistry Phosfree Extra Strength Phosphate Remover For Pools, both of which can be ordered online. These chemicals are relatively inexpensive and are imperative to keeping your pool sanitized, healthy, and swim-ready as we delve deeper into the hotter months of summer!

Dust Storms Can Wreak Havoc

That wall of dust you see rolling towards the valley on the news in July and August isn’t just dangerous to drive in; it can seriously wreak havoc with the cleanliness of your pool. Although there’s no way to prevent the storms, your quick response to the weather will help keep your pool in tip top shape. As soon as it’s safe to go out to the pool after a big storm, manually skimming the pool with a net and telescoping pole will be the biggest thing you can do to save your equipment and keep the green from developing.

So What Have We Learned?

As fun as having your own pool can be, responsible pool ownership involves a certain amount of maintenance, especially during the summer months. Warm stagnant water, sun exposure, improperly balanced water, bodies swimming and vegetation can all make an impact on having a clean and safe swimming environment for you and your family. If you’re still having problems keeping your pool swim-ready, give us a call today and we can work together to fix all your summer maintenance issues!

 

 

Pool Restoration vs Getting a New Pool

There is nothing that makes the wildly hot temperatures of a Phoenix summer go by quite like having your own swimming pool. While owning your own pool is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family, it comes with a good bit of work in maintaining it. There are probably many people out there who have an old pool that is not in good shape and they are wondering if they should salvage their current pool or get a new one. Here are a few thoughts on pool restoration versus getting a new one.

Assess Your Damage

By becoming aware of the deficiencies of your pool, you can have a much better idea of the right solution for you. The main problems that pop up with pools are related to the equipment,from broken pool pumps to filtration systems. Aesthetic issues often come up with worn pool decks, pool liners, and features around the pool. More serious issues can come up like cracks in the pool liner and consequent leaks that have the potential of creating dangerous conditions in your pool.

Pool Restoration

Pool restoration is a great option for when the problems with your pool are mostly aesthetic. Resurfacing your pool deck can provide the effect that an entirely new pool can provide. Resurfacing your pool liner brings a fresh look to your pool which will make it look as good as new. An important part of this process is also to make sure your equipment is all in great shape so your pool can be clean and beautiful. Replacing filters, pool pumps, and cleaners is so important to a beautiful pool.

Replace Your Pool

This is a more expensive option, but the results are incredible. It is a good option when your pool has serious problems involving cracked plumbing and cracked pool liners. These conditions leak water into the ground below the pool, creating the possibility of a sinkhole, which is bad news. Entirely replacing the pool liner is essentially installing a new pool. The new liner will last for 10 to 15 years and remain a beautiful place to enjoy the water for many years. This often goes along with replacing much of the plumbing, so everything will be working very well.

Get Some Help

Regardless of the condition of your pool or the dreams you have about how you want your pool to be, you can always benefit from the perspective of the professionals. If you are in the Phoenix area, you will not find a more professional group than that of New Image Landscape and Pools. We provide countless services related to your pool, from design and construction to repairs, maintenance, cleaning, and on and on. The surest way to make your pool something that you can be proud of is to call us at (480) 654-4422!

5 Arizona Pool Maintenance Tips To Know

When summer rolls around in Arizona, we ALL start dreaming about having a pool in our backyard. The heat can be too much in the desert, and nothing cools you off faster than a quick dip or an extended stay on a raft. For those of us who already have one, our summers revolve around the almighty pool. From pool parties to nighttime swims, we can’t get enough of that cool blue water-filled hole, but maintenance fears can often stop us from adding one to our yard. Because we don’t want you to miss out on the one yard item that can save your sanity each summer, we’re going to teach you five things you never knew about Arizona pool maintenance.

Automated Systems Make It Easier

Gone are the days where you spent most of your off-time cleaning and maintaining your system; today’s pool technology makes it easy! Timers turn on the pumps during cheap hours, pool cleaners creep along the bottom picking up the most debris, and aerators or waterfalls keep the water cooler for longer!

Variable Speed Motors are Much More Efficient than Single Speed Motors

Powered by earth magnets, they last longer because they don’t produce heat and they save you money, as they use much less electricity. Savings can pay for itself in three seasons and if you’re new to Arizona, you’ll appreciate that after you’ve experienced a few summer electric bills!

Drain Your Pool At least Every Other Year

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are solids left behind by the evaporation of the pool; when left unchecked, they can make it more difficult to maintain the proper chemical balance and can shorten pool equipment life.

Chemical Levels

Keeping pH (hardness of the water) and alkalinity (softness of the water) balanced is as important as maintaining proper chlorine levels.

Your Pool Will Still Need a Human Touch

Although technology has lessened the pool owner’s burden when it comes to pool maintenance, there will still be things that need to be done. Skimming the pool with a net, brushing the sides of the pool, and on saltwater systems, keeping the salt cell clean so it works efficiently.

New Image Landscape and Pools Can Take the Hard Work Out of Arizona Pool Maintenance

We happen to find the zen in pool maintenance, so if you aren’t willing, or aren’t able, to do the physical work yourself, give us a call and let us take care of your Arizona pool maintenance! Schedule an appointment today!