In Arizona, a backyard pool can be an oasis. However, that oasis may be difficult to maintain.
From pool equipment to water purity, pool maintenance can costly and time-consuming. Caring for your swimming pool can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes a week to properly keep your pool in working order.
Here is an essential checklist to properly maintain a pool.
Keep The Pool Full
Maintaining a pool in Arizona can be challenging. Water evaporates quickly, especially in a hot climate like the desert in Arizona. Sophisticated pool systems usually have an automatic supply if the water level drops too low. If your pool system does not have that feature, you’ll need to fill it manually. Water levels should be checked at least once a week. Otherwise, if the water level gets too low, the pump could become damaged.
No matter what kind of filter you have – a sand filter, a D.E. filter, or a cartridge filter – you should know how and when to backwash and clean it. A diatomaceous earth filter needs to be taken apart and cleaned two times a year, and parts of the salt-water system need to be cleaned with acid.
Use Pool Sanitizer
Also, Chlorine dissipates quickly on hot summer days. And the more the pool gets used, the more sanitizer it requires. And, the pH levels should be between about 7.2 and 7.8 for the chlorine to work effectively. Alkalinity should be tested and balanced, as well. Achieving the right balance of sanitizer, pH, and alkalinity ensures swimmer safety and an algae-free pool.
One of the most common questions concerning pool maintenance is, “How long should I run my pool pump in Arizona?”
Well, first of all, be sure to run the pool pump long enough. During the summer months, most pool pumps have to run a minimum of eight hours a day to keep an average-size pool clean.
Another common question is, “When is the best time to run a pool pump in Arizona?”
It’s a good idea to run the pump during non-peak hours to save money. To get maximum water clarity, be sure you know the size of your pump and how much water it’s cycling every 24 hours.
Know What You’re Buying
If your new home has a swimming pool, be sure to find out if the pool equipment is in working order. Also, ask if the pool needs to be resurfaced. Both of those expenses can run into the thousands of dollars.
If there’s a concern, ask a pool expert (not just a home inspector) to inspect the pool before you put in an offer.
Do you need answers to more questions regarding proper pool maintenance? Would you like to have a new pool built or need an existing renovated and remodeled? If the answer is yes, contact No Limit Pools & Spas today. We are rated as one of the TOP pool builders in the Phoenix Arizona area.
No Limit Pools & Spas
4140 E Baseline Road #101
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: (602) 421-9379