Preparing Your Swimming Pool For Swim Season
Well, we’ve made it, we have officially made it through another winter and are heading into the time period when we can start to think about swimming again. If you own a swimming pool that means changes and prepping your swimming pool for swim season is extremely important. That is why we wrote this blog post and we hope it helps to answer any questions you might have on changes you need to make when the water starts to warm up.
With springtime temperatures just around the corner, Weber Pools would like to make sure your swimming pool is ready for the upcoming season. We understand that when you spend a lot of your hard earned money on a swimming pool, it’s extremely important to keep it clean and clear. Ultimately, hiring a reputable swimming pool service and repair company (like us) should be at the forefront of your mind but we know that some people might not have the budget and would prefer to do it on their own. First and foremost, chemistry is extremely important and we recommend using the reliable Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), Calcium Hardness and phosphates. Now that spring is around the corner, checking chlorine, pH, CYA and TA should be done weekly along with brushing the tile line, the interior finish, steps, and benches. Skimming out all debris with a net as soon as possible when bushes and trees bloom is also extremely important to prevent chlorine loss in the pool. Please note, any dirt and debris effects water chemistry that is why it’s such a priority. You will also want to make sure to empty out the skimmer and pump baskets to allow for proper filtration in and out of the filter.
The following are appropriate values to remember when it comes to water chemistry in the spring/summer time:
Chlorine – 3 – 5 ppm
pH – 7.4 – 7.8
TA – 80 – 120 ppm
CYA – 30 – 50 ppm
When levels of chlorine fall below recommendations or filtration is compromised algae will begin to grow. Please note, the warmer the water the faster it will grow! If the pH climbs above 7.8 the water can become cloudy and scaling can occur on the tile. To prevent possible algae growth now is the time to increase your chlorine levels along with your filtration run times. Typically, depending on the size of your swimming pool your filter run times will be between 8 – 12 hours a day.
In conclusion, now is the time to get your water tested and to make sure you start making changes to the way you take care of your swimming pool. This is also a good time to have your filter checked as well for the increased amount of swimming that will occur. If you should have any questions or are looking to hire a company that can take the stress away from you, please contact us today!