Best Ways To Enjoy Your Pool During The Summer
Summer Pool Maintenance and Care Tips
Summers in Texas can get quite hot depending on where you are; they can hover between 85 to 90 degrees daily in July and August. However, the hottest days recorded in Texas were on Jun 28, 1994, in Monahans, TX and August 12, 1936, in Forth Worth Texas. Certainly, 1994, only 24 years ago, was a date not to be forgotten by many as the temperature rose to 120 degrees. June 28, 1980, clocked in at a close second when the temperatures rose to 117 degrees in Wichita Falls, TX
Those with swimming pools know well that the sun and heat can affect the pool’s water. But did you know rainfall can affect it as well? Where light rain may have little to no impact on the swimming pool’s water, heavy rain and summer storms can disrupt the chemisty levels of the pool’s water.
Below we discuss what can affect your swimming pool’s water during the summer along with the best summer pool maintenance tips.
How Rainwater Affects Pool Water
Rainwater is naturally acidic; therefore, it reduces the pH levels. The chlorine and alkalinity will be affected when the pH level is too low. And when the chlorine level drops below the required level, this will promote bacteria growth. In addition, when the alkalinity level drops, the pool’s surface, components and equipment will begin to erode. Also, when the pH and alkalinity levels are abnormal, this will cause irregular calcium levels, which will cause cloudy water and scaling (calcium buildup).
How Sunlight Affects Pool’s Water
Because of the UV radiation, the sun causes the free chlorine molecules to break down. This significantly reduces chlorine levels, which can happen in just a few hours. As mentioned, chlorine is necessary to stop the growth of mold. Chlorine stabilizers will slow down the decrease in chlorine to prolong and maintain the required chlorine levels.
Proper Summer Pool Maintenance and Care
If a pool is not cared for and maintained, improper chemical balances can quickly turn the pool’s water cloudy and green, making it unhealthy to swim in. When this happens, it can be pretty frustrating to any homeowner and not always an easy fix. Do you have an upcoming backyard pool party planned? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a pool to become unsightly and unhealthy just days before the big party, which you have been planning for months. Do not put yourself in this position.
Below are the optimal pool chemical levels to keep in mind and check daily, especially during those hot days and after the rain.
- pH range of 7.2-7.8
- Alkalinity range of 80-120 ppm
- Chlorine at least 1ppm
- Calcium 100-400 ppm
If your pool’s chemical balance has been disrupted, quickly adjust to the proper levels, remove debris and scrub and vacuum away any algae growth.
Get Help With Your Summer Pool Maintenance
For simple ease of maintenance and care, without the constant worry and time needed to maintain the clarity and health of the pool, consider hiring a professional pool maintenance company to do the work for you. As they properly care for the pool’s water, they will also check and monitor all equipment. Keeping the pool equipment running smoothly and efficiently lowers the future need to purchase new.
BPS Pool, The Backyard Pool Specialists, has a highly qualified, friendly and courteous team of swimming pool cleaning and maintenance personnel. From weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly to one-time cleanings, the BPS Backyard Pool Specialists team offers it all to meet your individual backyard swimming pool cleaning needs. Contact BPS The Backyard Pool Specialists today.