Backyard parties and bringing the family together around the pool make for warm memories on cold winter nights. Making the most of your pool fun time requires a little work, but the paybacks are generous. This week, we thought we’d cull together some of the best summer tips for pool owners.
The most important task in pool maintenance is routine testing of the water, usually 2-3 times per week. Catching a pH change can mean the difference between days of cooling off or waiting for algaecide to work. Having the pH in the appropriate range of 7.2 to 7.6 allows the other chemicals to work correctly and in the right amounts.
Additional chemicals like algaecide and clarifier may be needed at times, but if there is a full algae bloom you will use far more than if pH and chlorine are appropriately maintained. Keep the money in your pocket and limit the extra chemicals.
Things to know:
- Is the water cloudy? Then it’s time for clarifier! If you are adding chlorine regularly, you may want to switch to a product that has a clarifier already in it.
- When testing the water chemistry, it’s a good time to make sure your equipment is functioning correctly. Check the water return for strength. If it’s too weak, you probably need to clean the cartridge or backflush, depending on the filtration system you use. Empty the skimmer basket and lint pot if needed. Adjust the automatic chlorinator if warranted.
- Wipe down the water line each week. Removal of build-up takes far more effort than once around the edge on a regular basis.
Solar cover can extend your time in the water. Just be sure to put the cover back on when the pool’s not in use. Solar power can save as much as 70% of the cost to heat your pool so you’ll quickly make back the expense of the cover on your electric bill. You’ll also limit evaporation and the need for topping off by keeping that cover on.
Changing out your old incandescent lights to LED will save you up 75% in energy costs. They are more expensive to buy, but in addition to using less electricity, they last far longer. There’s a greater color selection now, too. You’ll only need 450-1100 lumens, or 6-13 watts, per bulb to give your pool a lovely glow for nighttime swimming.
Summer swimming leads to memories that will last a lifetime! If you’re looking for a stellar Nashville home with a pool, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 615-550-5655 or drop us a line today.