Preparing Your Swimming Pool For Swim Season
Springtime temperatures are just around the corner! That means the swim season is just around the corner and Pool Water Recycling 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 blue, clean and clear. Ultimately, hiring a reputable swimming pool service and repair company is a great start but some people might not have the budget and would prefer to do it on their own. First and foremost, water chemistry is extremely important and we recommend using titration test kits like Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), Cyanuric Acid (CYA), and Calcium Hardness (CH). Now that spring is around the corner, you will need to check chlorine, pH, CYA, and TA weekly. In addition to that, you will need to brush the tile line, the interior finish, steps, and benches. Skimming out all debris with a net as soon as possible 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. High levels of debris that remain in the skimmer basked can prevent water flow into the pump and cause damage to your pump.
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.
Reverse Osmosis for Swimming Pools
Another way that you can prepare your swimming pool for the upcoming season is by recycling the swimming pool water. At Pool Water Recycling we offer Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration for both residential and commercial swimming pools. Earlier in this blog, we mentioned checking Calcium Hardness and CYA. When either of those levels get high most pool professionals will recommend a water change. When this happens you can either drain and refill your swimming pool or recycle the water instead. We believe that by using RO filtration it will give you the best water quality to swim in and truly start your swim season off on the right foot!
Ultimately, now that the temperatures are starting to warm up you’re going to have to monitor your swimming pool. This means watching the water chemistry, balancing the chemicals, increasing filter run times, and monitoring your CH to prevent scaling on your water tile line, interior finish, and filtration equipment.