When valley temperatures begin to soar – these below normal temperatures won’t, unfortunately, last much longer – there’s no better way to beat the heat than diving into the the crystal blue waters of your own backyard swimming pool. Use the following three maintenance steps to get your pool ready for Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is much more than the unofficial start of summer. It’s a time to remember and honor the people, both men and women, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day” and declared a national holiday in 1971. That’s according to History.com.
Besides spending the weekend swimming, there are tons of can’t miss events happening in the valley, including Phoenix Fan Fusion and Splash Bash at OdySea in the Desert. Additionally, there are several Memorial Day Ceremonies taking place at various valley venues, parks or memorial plazas for you and your family to attend.
Step #1: Stay On Top of Cleaning
Skimming the pool on a weekly basis, at minimum, is a simple way to prevent stains. This task only takes a few minutes: Skim leaves and other debris off the surface of your pool water, then empty all skimmer baskets. Follow up by thoroughly scrubbing the sides and bottom of your pool. Always brush sediment towards the main drain. An automatic pool cleaner can help you stay on top of debris management.
Step #2: Ensure Proper Water Level
The rate at which your pool’s water evaporates is dependent on several factors such as pool size, pool use, and whether it is covered. As a rule, the water level should never fall below one-third up the opening of the pool skimmer; half way up will ensure all equipment operates efficiently. If you water falls below this, top it off with a garden hose or automatic water leveler, if installed.
Step #3: Test & Balance Your Water
Test your pool’s water daily in the summer to ensure clean, clear, and sanitary water. There are two ways to do this: Using a DIY test kit, available at most any retailer, or by taking a water sample to a swimming pool store. Typically, you’ll want to go the DIY route daily, then take a weekly sample to the store. As a pool owner, you should be testing for the ideal chemical levels:
- Salt – 2700 to 3400 ppm (only for salt water pools)
- Free Available Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
- pH – 7.4 to 7.6
- Cyanuric Acid – 30 to 50 ppm
- Total Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm
- Calcium Hardness – 200 to 400 ppm
Adjust your pool chemistry balance as needed.
Now your pool is ready for Memorial Day. Complete these maintenance tasks as recommended to ensure clean and healthy water. Platinum Pools and Spas is recognized as one of Arizona’s premier pool contractors. We are known for contracting with Valley residents and home builders to construct custom-designed swimming pools and spas. Our sales staff can provide you with information on pricing and financing when you contact us at (480) 888-9200.