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Maintaining Your Inground Pool After It Rains

According to meteorologists, for the first time in 110 days, it is raining in the valley. The last National Weather Service report showed that Sky Harbor had received 0.35-inches of rain so far this morning. Rainfall is expected to continue throughout the day, and flood advisories have been issued for some valley areas.

With a pH of 5.6, rainwater is slightly acidic, which can cause a change in your inground pool‘s chemistry levels. Aside from this, the pool may overflow, depending on how much rainfall your area receives. That, too, has the potential to alter chemistry levels. Too much water can also affect skimming and create other issues.

Unbalanced levels can cause cloudy water, plaster stains, equipment damage, and algae growth. That is why it is essential, especially after it rains, to regularly test the water’s chemistry levels. You can do this yourself using a testing kit purchased from a pool supply store or an online retailer.

Balancing an Inground Pool’s Levels

If, after testing, you find that the levels are either too low or high, you will need to adjust them using the proper chemicals before reusing your inground pool. When adding chemicals to the water, always make sure the pump and filter are running, as this helps circulate them throughout the pool. The optimal chemistry levels are as follows:

  • Total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm)
  • pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6
  • Bromine should be between 2 and 4 ppm
  • Total and free chlorine should be between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm
  • Cyanuric acid should be between 30 and 100 ppm
  • Calcium hardness should be between 200 and 400 ppm
  • Total dissolved solids (TDS) should be under 2,000 ppm
  • Copper should be under 0.3 ppm
  • Iron should be under 0.3 ppm

Schedule an Appointment with a Phoenix Pool Builder

Don’t yet have an inground pool to maintain? The winter season is an ideal time to begin turning your backyard into a tropical oasis with your dream pool taking center stage. Platinum Pools and Spas is currently offering several specials to help you save on new pool construction, such as $1,000 in upgrades.

Platinum Pools and Spas is recognized as one of Arizona’s premier swimming pool contractors, ranking among the nation’s most exceptional custom pool builders.

Our company is renowned for building superior quality custom-designed pools for residential and commercial use with features that rival a resort or waterpark.

These can be complemented by a spectrum of swimming pool upgrades such as fun waterslide grottos, gazebos to escape the midday sun, fireplaces for warmth on chilly evenings, and swim-up refreshment areas.

Please schedule an appointment today at (480) 888-9200 to discuss having a custom-designed pool or spa constructed in your backyard.

Resources:
“How Rain Affects Your Pool Water.” Hayward.
National Weather Service [@NWSPhoenix]. (2020, December 10). Twitter.
“Pool Water Chemistry 101.” Hayward.
“Rainfall breaks dry streak in Phoenix area; temperatures to drop.” (2020, December 9). The Arizona Republic.
“What is Acid Rain?” (2020, May 12). The United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA].

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