Preparing Your Swimming Pool For Summer
Now that Memorial Day has passed, most people equate this to the start of summer and most importantly, swim season! This is an exciting time for most residential and commercial swimming pool owners because the ability to swim, host barbecues and lounge around the swimming pool is finally a reality. The key though to this is making sure your pool is prepped and ready for swim season. So, how do you do that? We hope this blog post helps to explain….
When you spend a lot of your hard earned money on a swimming pool, it’s extremely important to keep it clean, blue, clear, and ready to swim in at all times. Ultimately, hiring a reputable swimming pool service and repair company should be at the forefront of your mind but we know that some people want to do it on their own. Pools come in various shapes and sizes. Some use chlorine for sanitation and others use salt. First and foremost, chemistry is extremely important and we recommend using Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), and phosphates. Now with summer temperatures around the corner, checking chlorine, pH, CYA and TA should be done weekly along with brushing the water tile line, the interior finish and steps, and benches. Skimming out debris as soon as possible when bushes and trees bloom is also extremely important to prevent chlorine loss in the pool. 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. With temperatures warming up the following guide should be followed for proper water chemistry.
Chlorine – 3-5ppm
pH – 7.4 – 7.8
TA – 80-120ppm
CYA – 30 – 80 ppm
Another way you can prep your residential or commercial swimming pool for swim season is making sure your Calcium Hardness (CH) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels are low. In the Orange County area, our tap water is hard. It is loaded with calcium and other hardness minerals that can make it harder to maintain proper water chemistry. That is why we also recommend using Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration on your swimming pool before the season starts. This will help you maintain better water chemistry, it will make your pool water softer, and prevent scaling from occurring if you maintain lower levels of calcium. At Pool Water Recycling, we offer mobile filtration for both residential and commercial swimming pool owners. This will not only improve your water quality but also give you the best water to swim in. If should have any questions in regards to prepping your swimming pool for the upcoming season or how our service works, please contact us today!