If you’re like most Arizona residents, you’re probably looking forward to taking refuge from the summer heat in your pool. Many homes in the Mesa area are furnished with backyard pools, but most homeowners aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to basic pool maintenance. In today’s post, we’ll walk you through the basics of maintaining your residential pool.
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Pool Maintenance Basics
Balance the Water
Balancing your water is the first thing you should when you’re preparing your pool for summer. This means that the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels are all exactly where they should be. The first important measurement, pH, pertains to whether your pool’s water is acidic or basic. The ideal range is somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6, and you can purchase simple test strips that immediately measure your water’s pH level. The next measurement, alkalinity, pertains to how easily your water’s pH level will change. Low alkalinity indicates that the pH level could easily change, while high alkalinity can contribute to cloudy water. The third level that you should monitor is your pool’s calcium hardness. The sun inevitably evaporates your pool’s water, and this process leaves behind calcium and magnesium deposits that build up in your water. The ideal water hardness range is between 150 and 400 ppm, depending on the size of your pool.
Nobody likes swimming in a dirty pool. Chlorine is your first line of defense against bacteria, algae, and other substances that you and your guests don’t want to be swimming in. Chlorine comes in several different forms, including tablets, liquid, and granules. Some of these products have added chemicals that can help you with other pool maintenance tasks, but in the end, it’s up to you which form of chlorine you decide to go with.
When we say that you need to shock your pool, we don’t mean it in the usual sense of the word. Shocking your pool refers to the process of adding chemicals, including extra chlorine, to your pool in order to eliminate bacteria, algae, and anything else that may have contaminated your water. While your pool is already chlorinated, the goal of shocking your pool is to raise the chlorine level to about 10 times the amount that is already in the water. You should plan on shocking your pool once a week to ensure that you’re destroying harmful contaminants.
After you’ve balanced your chemicals and have begun enjoying your pool, you should take a few minutes each day to clean any debris that has accumulated near the edges and at the bottom of your pool. Even if you’re covering your pool when it’s not in use, it’s still possible for leaves, dirt, and other forms of debris to accumulate in your pool. Use a good brush to clean the walls of your pool, and use a skimmer to collect anything that is floating on the surface. You’ll also want to check your pool’s basket regularly, as insects and leaves can easily become trapped inside.
Stay tuned for future posts in which we’ll continue to provide you with pool maintenance guides. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to invest in a pool cleaning service! We offer pool inspections and cleaning services in Mesa, and we’d love to help you prepare your pool for the hot days to come. Contact Take 10 Pools today to learn more!