With an usually warm winter here in Phoenix, swimming pools have become extremely temperamental. The pool maintenance industry is calling it the “angry bear pool season.” Just as bears hibernate during the winter months, so do swimming pools (normally, that is). Think of this unseasonally warm weather as a big stick that has awakened your pool — and it has woken up angry. I’ve fielded dozens of phone calls from clients who are shocked that their pools have suddenly turned green.
Here is a Spring Swimming Pool Checklist to help tame that angry bear.
• Check the Total Dissolved Solids (TDSs) in your pool to make sure the water hardness hasn’t snuck up on you. TDSs make your chemicals work more slowly, less effectively and cause you to use more chemicals
• PH rises during the winter months since people put fewer chemicals in their swimming pools – this slows the process of chlorine changing from total into free (working) chlorine, thus giving algae a freer hand to breed. So check your PH levels.
• Now is the time to make sure the water flow in the pool is good — your pumps should be free and clear, filters should be clean or replaced if needed and baskets should be clean and in good repair.
• Check the chemical levels for the pool. Often people put less chlorine in the pool during the winter months, but a couple of warm days will cause the algae to bloom without proper levels of chlorine to keep it in check.
• Start getting back into the routine of adding an algaecide into your pool once the water temperature reaches 60 degrees (pool temps follows the night time temps within 5 degrees – 40 degrees at night, then your pool water is between 35 – 45 degrees).
• Get back in the routine of regular pool maintenance — dirt and algae can grow on the floor and walls of the pool and then suddenly bloom when temperatures get warmer.
• Consider a drain and chemical wash, freshening and cleaning – if has been more than three to five years, its time!
Don’t get caught with an angry bear! The easiest way to handle the angry bear is to hire a professional pool maintenance team to come do a spring checkup and maintain your pool during the summer months. Pool People is currently offering a special $100 off a chemical wash and spring checkup.
If you have questions about chemical washing or spring checkups, feel free to contact Pool People in Glendale, Arizona. Pool People provides regular pool and spa cleaning, pool and spa maintenance, pool remodeling, pool and spa repairs, as well as tile cleaning for residents of the Northwest Valley in Phoenix. We also have a fully stocked pool store at 5830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Suite B-6, Glendale, AZ.