If you’re a resident in the Dallas area, now is about the time when everyone starts thinking about swimming in their pools again! Typically, most people associate Memorial Day weekend with the beginning of summer but as temperatures heat up, those with swimming pools will want to swim as soon as possible. The key though is making sure your swimming pool is ready to swim in because after a lengthy winter/off-season there are definitely some things you are going to need to do to prep your pool for the upcoming season and we hope this blog post gives you some insight.
First and foremost, disinfection should be every pool owner’s top priority. Without a regular cleaning and testing routine, a pool can become green quickly (especially with warmer water), fostering pathogens that are harmful to you and your family. To combat bacteria and the spread of diseases, you should always have enough chlorine in the pool and maintain proper pH levels. To gauge acidity on the pH scale, there are many swimming pool test kits that are incredibly easy to use. We prefer Taylor Test Kits.
With the help of these test kits, you can adjust your pool water to its ideal balance of chemicals. The following guidelines will help when it comes to proper levels of key chemistry for your swimming pool.
- Total Alkalinity (TA): 80 – 120 parts per million
- Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400 parts per million
- Cyanuric Acid (CYA): 30 – 50 parts per million
- Chlorine: 1-3 parts per million (winter) and 3 – 5 parts per million (summer)
- pH: 7.2 – 7.8 (7.4 is the pH of human tears, so aim for that balance.)
As a swimming pool owner, part of having a pool is properly maintaining adequate chlorine and ph levels. Even if nobody has entered the pool since last testing it, chlorine levels can change due to sunlight and debris in the pool. You will want to make sure you test your swimming pool at least once a week and definitely more around times when there is a storm. Storms bring lots of rain, wind and other issues that can drastically change the chemistry in a swimming pool. During times of a storm, you should remove debris from the pool as soon as possible to prevent chlorine loss and filtration issues.
The other biggest things that you will want to be aware of is increasing your filtration run times. During the winter time when the water is cold you can get away with less filtration but when the water is warm those times must increase. Typically, most pools should be filtered at least 10-12 hours each night. If you haven’t already, now might be the time you might want to look into an installing an energy efficient pump which can save you a lot of money.
With that said, you will also want to make sure you skim the pool for debris, brush down the steps and benches and also the sides of the pool too at least once a week. This also might need to occur more during windy times or storms. Remember, having a pool requires work and hiring a weekly service company like Weber Pools in Dallas can help. The key is to make sure you are constantly monitoring your swimming pool for things that might go wrong. If you have any questions or would like a quote on weekly service or repair work, contact us today!