Summer Is Here!

Here’s a few tips to make sure that your pool is in tip top condition and you don’t miss out on cooling off when you should be.

I’ve noticed that the start of the summer heat has taken a few pool owners by surprise.

Pools have been going green due to lack of salt, reduced chlorination levels, lower pump running times and simply just pool water that has been out of balance for a while, but a few months ago, due to the lack of heat & lack of use, has probably looked OK to the eye.

Here’s a few tips to make sure that your pool is in tip top condition and you don’t miss out on cooling off when you should be.

If you’re running a salt chlorinator make sure your salt levels are OK Newer systems require a 4% salt ratio. Older models maybe 6%.

Chlorine stabilizer, or cyanuric acid, will probably be needed; otherwise your chlorine levels will dissipate as soon as the sun comes out.

Of course, this won’t apply if you are running a mineral salt system as you have to keep a very close eye on your salt levels for the 52 weeks of the year, otherwise you may void your equipment warranties or have an expensive problem if your pool goes green.

If you are using an energy efficient pump then you will need to run it for around 8 hours a day. Older style pumps will require a minimum of 4-6 hours, depending on your pool size and chlorinator output.

Always split your pump running times into two periods, with one morning and one afternoon cycle.

Make sure your filter is clean and ready to roll for the new season.

Check your total alkalinity levels. I’m finding some pools are very low at the moment. Slightly cloudy water is a good sign that you need some bicarbonate of soda in the water.

Remember that even though your pH may be high, that doesn’t relate to your water being at the correct TOTAL alkalinity level. It’s a bit like a sweet & sour sauce. A bit more bicarb, a bit more acid and viola! Just right!

 

Enjoy your swim time!!