Get your pool party-ready with these five easy tips.
As a pool owner, you know how sensational it is to be able to take a backyard dip during the Arizona heat—and with temperatures rising, taking that first splash can’t come soon enough. That being said, you need to take certain measures to make sure your pool stays safe and lustrous all summer. Just follow these five tips and you’ll be enjoying your beautiful pool from the moment the sun rises to the time it sets over the hot desert.
5 Ways To Maintain Your Pool in the Summer
Got summer barbecues and pool parties calling your name? Say goodbye to winter, unravel that pool cover, and get your pool party-ready before the season kicks off. Take a look at our five favorite Emerald-approved tips for keeping your pool looking luxurious all summer long.
Skim, Scrub, & Vacuum
Maintaining your pool is a lot like cleaning your carpet. And just like your indoor floors, you should pick up any debris from the surface of your pool water. Leaves are a lot harder to remove once they sink to the bottom of your pool, so catching them while they’re still afloat will help keep your pool looking crystal clear on a daily basis.
Use a pool vacuum at least once a week and scrub the sides of your pool every other week to keep your water clean and free of algae.
Check Your Pool Filter
The pool filter has an important job. Pool filters are a part of your pool’s circulatory system. They catch all that nasty debris floating around that you may miss during your daily skims. Checking your pool filter regularly will ensure clean, clear water. If you don’t check your pool filter regularly, then it will become overfilled and won’t trap debris as efficiently. Because of this, your water can start to look murky and quite uninviting.
Your pool filter helps keep your water looking crystal clear, so make it your priority to clear out your filter—especially if you live near a lot of foliage.
Test PH & Chlorine Levels
Testing and maintaining optimal pH and chlorine levels is crucial for ensuring a safe swimming experience. The ideal pH balance for pool water is 7.4, which matches the pH of human eyes. This is a perfect level to keep the chlorine disinfecting.
On the other hand, your chlorine level should stay between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million (ppm) to keep your pool happy and healthy. Keep testing your water once a week to sustain normal levels so you can comfortably practice your backstrokes all summer.
Inspect Your Pool Equipment
The last thing you want to happen is your pool equipment malfunctioning. If you haven’t been keeping up on your pool maintenance and your pumps, filter, and skimmer stop working, problems can go unnoticed until it’s too late.
Green algae can start growing in 24 hours or less, so if you haven’t been making a daily chore out of checking your equipment, you could be dealing with an algae problem that would require professional assistance. Stay on top of your pool’s health by adding bi-weekly equipment inspections to your pool care checklist.
Use Tennis Balls to Absorb Oil
By the end of this section, a tennis ball will be your favorite tool in the pool care toolbox. Now, you might be thinking, “How is a tennis ball supposed to absorb oil?” While this may sound funny, it’s a longstanding, well-known pool care tip—and it works, too.
No, tennis balls aren’t just for the court. When you throw a few tennis balls into your pool, the fibers will absorb the oils left behind by sunblock, hair products, and natural human oils. Tennis balls won’t sink, so all you need to do is scoop them out with your pool net when you’re done. Of course, don’t solely rely on your tennis balls for proper pool filtration—but make them a fun addition to your pool cleaning routine.
The Importance of Pool Maintenance
No one wants to swim in a dirty pool. On top of looking genuinely unappealing, dirty pool water can make you very sick. If you don’t follow a regular maintenance routine, your pool can fall victim as a breeding ground to all sorts of bacteria, germs, and microorganisms—especially in the summer when excessive heat speeds up the process.
At Emerald Pools and Spas, we only work with trustworthy vendors who guarantee a safe swimming experience. However, it is ultimately up to you to make sure your pool water is getting tested once a week. By implementing a regular maintenance routine, you can take great relief in knowing your pool will be safe for your family and friends to enjoy during the hottest days of the year.
Custom Pools With Emerald Pools & Spas
Owning a pool is wonderful—but regular pool maintenance comes with the territory of being a pool owner. Luckily, you can create your own backyard oasis by following our five favorite tips for summer pool care. Let your vacation be a staycation and savor that first dip into your crystal clear custom pool.
Emerald Pools and Spas construct custom high-end swimming pools that complement your home and lifestyle. Give us a call today at (602) 795-4466.
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