Life is better by the pool! With more than a month or more left in Arizona’s swimming season, make the best of it by ensuring clean, clear, and healthy water. Follow this weekly pool maintenance schedule to do just that.
Keep the Deck Clean
Sweep and hose off your pool deck twice a week – more often in the fall and spring. This will help keep debris out of the pool. Once a month, thoroughly clean it using sanitizing agents as well. If debris is in the water, use a long-handled leaf skimmer to scoop it out. Remove debris from skimmers and filters once a week to ensure they’re working at maximum efficiency.
Brush and Vacuum the Pool
It is a good idea to brush and vacuum your pool weekly. Ideally, you’ll want to start in the swallow end of the pool, moving sediment towards the main drain so it can be easily vacuumed. Make sure to brush the sides, steps, and around handrails as well as the pool’s floor. Once complete, allow your filtration system to run overnight.
Ensure Proper Water Levels
Maintaining the right water level in your pool is essential for optimal operation of the skimmer. If the level is too low, you can pump air into the filter, destroying the system. A water level that is too high will not keep the pool clean. You want the water level to be halfway up the opening of the pool skimmer. Invest in an automatic filler for peace-of-mind knowing your pool always has the right amount of water.
Test the Water
Test your pool water frequently (daily or weekly depending on use). You can also take a water sample to your local pool supply store to have it professionally tested. This service is usually free. Add chemicals as needed to ensure clean, clear, and healthy swimming water. Chemistry levels should be as follows:
- pH: 7.4 to 7.6
- Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
- Free Available Chlorine: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
- Calcium Hardness (CH): 200 to 400 ppm
- Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid): 30 to 50 ppm
After adding chemicals, wait 24 hours before testing your water again. During the swimming season, shock your pool once a week to kill off any buildup of contaminants that may have entered your pool via swimmers, debris or insects. Shocking is especially important following a monsoon storm.
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