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Tips For Maintaining Your Swimming Pool

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If you happen to live in the Gilbert, AZ area and own your own swimming pool, then you know that it can be quite expensive to hire a professional pool care expert to come in and perform regular maintenance on your pool. This pool care guide will help you to save money by avoiding any expensive mistakes. Pool maintenance will keep your pool clean and keep you from having to make an emergency trip to the pool store for any chemicals that you have forgotten.

15 tips for keeping your swimming pool useable and clean.

Be sure that you are checking the chemistry of your pool at least two to three times during the summer and at least once during the winter. Use the Taylor Complete Test Kit to test the total alkalinity, PH, Calcium Hardness, Chlorine, and Cyanuric acid.

1. Check the chemistry of your pool at least 2 to 3 times a week during the summer and once a week during winter.

2. Clean out the skimmer baskets weekly or as it is needed if the conditions exist.

3. Clean the lint and hair pot that is in the pump every few weeks or as it is needed and ensure that you turn the pump off for this.

4. Check and monitor your water level at least once a month and then adjust when it is needed. The water level should be near the center of the skimmer or tile.

5. Check the Inline chlorinator/ deck-chlor at least once a week for the right adjustment. Check the flow when it is needed while you are checking your chlorine readings. Ensure that the chlorine tablets are located within the inline unit or deck-chlor, and adjust them as needed to maintain the right chlorine levels.

6. Ensure that the light is on within the ozone unity, if you happen to have one. Crack the valve only slightly at your pump. Be careful to not break any connections as they are fragile. Check your flow meters often to make sure that the adjustment is within range.

7. Add any catalyst tabs if you have one as it is needed and ensure that you are following the instructions for the gallons of water that you have in your pool. Keel the tabs in a cool dry place or they will turn into a block form.

8. Clean out your filters. This may be needed after heavy storms or once every few months depending on the type of condition of your pool. It is best to clean them every 4 to 6 months. Just ensure that you remind yourself to do it each time that you change the air filters in your home or each time you visit the dentist which is about the same type of frequency. If you happen to have an extra set of elements then it will be a quicker and easier job. Soak your dirty filters in a solution of 10% muriatic acid or a solution of trisodium phosphate( TSP). Ensure that you use a rubber trash can and wear eye protection and gloves. Ensure that you are being careful. Always add acid to water and not water to acid. Rinse until they are clean and let them air dry. Put all the supplies away until the next cleaning.

9. While you are monitoring your pool take note to if your returns are week or if the in floor cleaning system is working properly. Be sure to notice if your water clarity is starting to look bad. If you notice any of these things, it is most likely time for you to change your filters. Many pools should only need this done 1 to 2 times a year. There are exceptions that is based on the pool usage which is called the bather load.

10. Wipe or clean the tile line weekly. This will help to reduce any build up.

11. If you happen to have a salt water chlorine generator, then you will need to clean and check the blades within the unit every 30 days. If the red flow light, flow meter, or the reading is less than normal then your blades are going to be most likely calcified and producing very little to no chlorine at all. Turn the pump off and then bleed off the pressure, undo the unions and clean the blades according to the recommendations of the manufacturer.

12. Always keep your chemicals stored out of direct sunlight. You should keep them in a cool and dry place. Do not store any acid and chlorine right next to each other.

13. Your pool should not need to be shocked on a regular basis if you have an ozone system. If you need to shock your pool it should be done at night. Be sure to use a non-chlorine based shock if you plan to swim any time after shocking. Another way that you may shock your pool would be to run your pump for 24 hours using the ozone system. This works very well. If you happen to be on 24 hours circulation or use a 2 speed or variable speed pump then you should be just fine.

14. If you begin to see cracks around the perimeter of the pool between the tile and deck, then just caulk it with a small amount of clear silicon. Don't allow the water to go from the outside of the pool and get under the deck through the cracks at this point.

15. Keep all vegetation, chemicals such as ironite and fertilizers, and animals out of and away from the pool. The Nitrates from bird droppings and waste from people and animals happen to be food for algae. Be sure that you are not feeding the algae.

Optimal chemical ranges for your swimming pool:

Ensure that you are keeping your chemical readings for your pool in this range:

  • Combined chlorine: 0 ppm
  • Cyanuric conditioner or acid: 30-50 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  • Chorine residual: 1.0 to 1.5 ppm; up to 2.0 in the summer with the ozone, 3.0 without
  • Calcium Hardness: 250-450 ppm

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Quick Tip

pool maintenance tips for cleaning your own pool

If you plan on cleaning your pool yourself - make sure you do the following.

  • Brush pool walls, steps and benches at least once a week
  • Clean all baskets (pump, skimmer, deck debris) weekly to prevent leaves breaking down and releasing phosphates in your water
  • Check and add chemicals (muriatic acid, chlorine tabs, shock) at least once a week for sparkling clear water
  • Backwash your filter or clean cartridges when pressure is 7-10lbs higher than it was the last time you backwashed
  • Check automatic pool vacuum or in floor system for proper operation and make adjustments when need.
  • Or you can hire us and your worry is over.