01 Jul 2015

Heat Sinks into Swimming Pools

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Phoenix is off to a steamy start this summer — two weeks straight of temps of roughly 110 degrees or higher. That means pools are heating up to the temperature of bath water all over the Valley of the Sun, making it a perfect environment for algae to breed. There are some things you can do to help your pool combat the heat.

First, you need to increase the number of hours your pool pump and filters run. The longer they run, the more impurities are filtered out and the more water circulates, keeping your pool fresh and blue. A simple rule to remember … run the pump 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature. In other words, 100 degrees, 10 hours of pump run time.

Second, you need check your chemicals regularly and to use the best quality chemicals to help combat the heat (and the coming Monsoon storms). High quality chemicals have fewer fillers or binding agents. Fillers are totally useless to your pool and have the effect of causing your water to age or harden, making it less able to absorb chemicals. Also, the more fillers, the less effective chemicals are in the product, which means you need to use more chemicals. The cost of buying the higher grade chemicals is well worth the money spent.

Third … skim, skim, skim! The quicker you can remove floating debris from your pool the better, the less debris sinks to the bottom and becomes food for algae. I have one client who skims her pool daily and considering her pool is ancient, has out-dated equipment, and sits under two giant trees that constantly drop debris into the pool, it remains in remarkably good shape.

Finally, brush down the walls and floor of your pool as often as you can. Don’t give algae a place to settle, feed and breed.

Pool People carries a full line of top quality chemicals and pool maintenance equipment to help battle the heat and Monsoon storms. Our store is located at 5830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Suite B-6, Glendale, AZ. We also offer full maintenance and repair services.