Wow! What a heat wave we are having! The summer season has continued it’s greater than usual temperature levels. This hot weather can develop problems for swimming pools, especially if a regular pool maintenance program is not followed. We care for a number of pools on a weekly basis both residential and commercial and we feel that we can provide sage guidance on how to keep your pool looking excellent in this hot weather. Our experience tells us that there are two crucial aspects of successful heat pool care– water chemistry at the correct level and correctly running equipment.
Following are some tips from the front lines (the pool cleaning crew):
Appropriate water chemistry
When the weather is hot like it presently is, water chemistry is important. As a suggestion, here are a few guidelines:
Test weekly throughout this heat
- chlorine– 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
- pH– 7.2 to 7.6
- cyanuric acid– 30 to 90ppm on chlorine swimming pools
- 70 to 90ppm on salt swimming pools
- salt level in a salt pool– 2700 to 3500 ppm
Test on a monthly basis
- alkalinity levels — 80 to 100 for salt pools, calcium hypochlorite, and liquid chlorine pools
- 100 to 120 for dichlor and trichlor pools
- calcium firmness– 200 to 400 ppm
A couple of tips concerning water chemistry from the cutting edge:
Evaluate your water a minimum of once each week. We suggest checking the chlorine, pH, and cyanuric acid on a weekly basis. If you have a salt system, it is also a smart idea to test the salt regularly.
You can use your test set. We have staff members who have been working on swimming pools for several years, and they must still evaluate the water. There is no other way that you can tell if the water chemistry is in the correct range by simply looking at the water.
Occasionally bring one pint of your pool water to our store so that we can have it computer system evaluated, which might prevent problems.
Make sure to keep the chlorine on the high side– at least 2.0. Evaluate it on a regular basis and do not let it fall below that level.
Chlorine is far more effective when the pH is at 7.2 than it is at 7.6, so aim to keep your pH in the lower half of the range (7.2 to 7.4).
Be sure that your cyanuric acid remains in the correct range. Cyanuric acid is thought about the “sunscreen” for the chlorine, and without cyanuric acid this time of year, you cannot operate a pool effectively. Cyanuric acid is likewise important if you have a salt system on your swimming pool.
Swimming pool equipment
Having swimming pool equipment that is operating correctly is also essential when the weather condition is hot. Following are a couple of pointers worrying pool equipment from the front lines:
If you use a timer on your pump, be sure that it is set to run for a minimum of 10-12 hours each day. It is simple – for the pool water to remain clear, the pump must be running. A longer duration may be necessary for a salt water pool because this type of system depends on the pump to operate correctly.
If you have a salt system, make sure that it is turned up to the level that is required. Although all swimming pools are different, we suggest that many salt systems be set to run at least 80%, if not 100%, throughout this hot weather. If you are uncertain how to do this, inspect your operating directions or better yet, us a call and we will help you.
Be sure to keep your filter backwashed (or cleaned up).
If you see that something is not operating, give us a call and we will make repairs as required.
Try to think ahead about exactly what is showing up in the week ahead. Are you having a celebration party or a family get together? Do you have a canine that swims? Is it anticipated to rain? Asking concerns like this can assist guarantee that the pool stays clear and beautiful, and you prevent cloudy water and algae.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588