In extreme heat, not only is your pool water evaporating at a faster rate, but so are your pool chemicals. Throw in a few rain storms, sunshine, sun-tanning products, your children, and your furry friends who love to swim, and then surprise... your water chemistry is out of whack! Tell-tale signs of this condition include cloudy water and algae blooms, and pool maintenance is essential to keeping these conditions in check.
Proper pool maintenance requires adhering to a scheduled pool cleaning and maintenance regiment. Here in the Lowcountry, certain times of the year will call for more attention to your pool than others. This means adding on a couple of additional days of pool maintenance after weather events occur so you can properly monitor your pool water chemistry, etc. and address whatever it requires.
What’s a pool owner to do? Our Charleston pool contractors are glad you asked! Here’s a list of what you should be doing if you maintain your own pool or even if your pool is maintained by a professional. If you have your pool professionally maintained, you should be doing some of these steps in between your scheduled pool maintenance program. Some more frequently than others:
- Test chlorine (bromine), pH levels – This includes pools w/salt chlorine generators
- Test calcium hardness and alkalinity
- Keep an eye on your chlorinator operation
- Automated pool chemical monitoring systems – Make sure to check that your vat stays filled.
- Add cyanuric acid monthly
- Keep your pool free from debris
- Empty your skimmer basket(s)
- Skim the pool water surface
- Backwash or clean your filter system (as needed) – Depends on your type of filter
- Clean your tile, as needed
- Brush your pool walls and floors
- Inspect your pump and motor
Want to read up on pool chemistry? Here’s a good resource to reference from Swim University: https://www.swimuniversity.com/basic-pool-chemistry/