Well, this may be one of our hottest weekends this summer! Even though school is back in session, you don’t want to neglect your pool just because school is on! You still have plenty of time to enjoy it. Plus, you want to keep it in great shape before you close it.
In late summer and early fall, it’s still important to take care of your swimming pool. After all, it’s still hot, you still want to swim, and it’s still pretty to look at. It’s not time to close it yet, and if you’re like us, you still want a crystal-clear sparkling pool! So, let’s look at a refresher on the dos and don’ts of pool care.
Let’s look at some of the dos:
Do Maintain Your Water Chemistry
August is not the time to slack off your pool maintenance. To keep your pool in great condition for swimmers and for ambiance, it’s vital to maintain the proper water chemistry. So, you still need to test it regularly, bring us a sample, and add chemicals as needed.
Here are the levels you need to maintain your pool.
- Chlorine: 1-3 ppm
- pH: 7.2-7.8
- Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
- Calcium Hardness: 200-400 ppm
Do Take Care of Your Pool Equipment
Sometimes, pool owners forget to take care of their pool equipment. This isn’t a good idea. Why?
Your pool pump and filter are absolutely essential for the operation of your pool. If your equipment has issues, you can end up with big problems like green, algae-filled water.
So, check your equipment regularly for wear and damage. Repair and replace it when there are issues. Not sure? We can help!
Now, let’s look at the don’ts of pool care:
Don’t Overdo the Chlorine
Some think that dumping extra chlorine into their pool will make all their issues go away.
Well, chlorine is a vital chemical (even in saltwater pools), but if you use too much or even too little, you can end up with big problems. Swimmers may find their eyes burn, and they may have skin irritation.
You want to follow the directions very carefully when adding chlorine – only add the recommended amount and test your water.