We have reached that time of year where taking care of a swimming pool is no longer your top priority. We here at Gilbert Poolman understand that. We get that after an extended summer in Gilbert it’s nice to give your pool and even yourself a break but, always remember that you still need to care for your pool and weekly maintenance should still occur. As a weekly residential and commercial swimming pool service – Gilbert pool company, we get a lot of people asking us to switch to only two visits a month in the winter.
The issue associated with that is when we show up for our bi-weekly maintenance, there is twice as much work to accomplish because the pool has been neglected for twice as long. Even though there are changes to water chemistry you still need to maintain a clean pool and we want to highlight what happens to pools most commonly in the wintertime and when we have storms.
It gets cold in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and your pool is open to the air, wind, dirt, dust, and other vegetation swirling around. This means when the wind picks up, storms, or other issues, your pool can and will get dirty. Correspondingly, you still need to brush the tile, steps, benches and interior finish regularly. Brushing is sometimes overlooked as one of the most important steps in keeping the interior of your pool looking great.
Skimming the surface of the pool after a storm and preventing blockage of water flow into the skimmer and pump basket is also vitally important when it comes to preventing the pump from running dry. In addition to all of this, even though you will need to use less chlorine, monitoring your pH and Total Alkalinity is important to keep your water chemistry balanced and your water looking clean and fresh.
Even though you aren’t swimming in the pool as often doesn’t mean you shouldn’t maintain it regularly. The good news is you will be able to save money on chlorine and filtration because both will decrease in the wintertime. Always recall that if the air temperatures drop below 32 degrees, a rare occurrence we know, to run your pump to prevent freezing. Even though you aren’t swimming, hiring a great weekly residential and commercial swimming pool service company in Gilbert who knows how to keep your pool looking great 365 days a year is the best way to ensure that your pool is ready for use in the spring.
Closing a pool down for the Fall is much more work than it seems. With an arid desert winter fast on the rise, it is the perfect time to shut down your pool as the temperature plummets. Especially with the recent amount of rainfall we have received, you’ll want to make sure that everything regarding your pool closure is wrapped up properly before rainwater taints your pool. Having said all of this, most pools remain operational and we typically do not need to drain the filtration system of all water nor use any winterizing agents for the pool plumbing.
Most folks maintain their pools in a clean, balanced state with the help of a pool service Gilbert. This is the best way to prevent staining and corrosion of the equipment and pool surface. A pool that is circulating does not require full winterization, though the threat of burst pipes is still a possibility. When closing your pool for the season, it is important to consider the entire facility.
Make sure to remove any ropes or floats from the pool and store them inside. You’ll also want to remove any ladders and/or railings you may have around your pool as well, as UV rays actually deteriorate the surface of these objects over time. If you have any lounging furniture around the pool, it is also advised that you move them indoors, or at least in a covered space, so that they do not wear down as quickly. Pool covers are also a great way to ensure that no debris finds its way into your pool and its corresponding filters.
It is essential that you make sure all gates and access points to your pool are locked and/or blocked so that no non-swimmers can get into the pool. Lubrication of pool equipment is suggested so that corrosion does not occur over the period of time your pool will not be used.To ensure a smooth, on-time opening, we advise that you follow the recommendations listed above. Repairs and renovations should start in the fall, when you can typically get the best price, best workmanship and best weather for renovations. Spring is the most risky and expensive time to plan repairs because of the bustling nature of the season and unpredictable weather.
When most people think about pH, they’re thinking about testing the water in their pool. If the water is too acidic or contains too much alkaline, chemicals are added to adjust the pH and correspondingly balance the chemicals in the water. So, why does the pH matter, anyway?
In technical terms, pH measures the activity of free hydrogen and hydroxyl ions within a solution, which is a complex process. Luckily for pool companies and their customers alike, test kits make it easy to check pH. pH is important to all living organisms, animals, plants, and humans. If something causes an imbalance in their pH by either becoming too acidic or alkaline, they are unable to thrive. This is true for creatures as small as bacteria and as large as whales.
PH is also important in the environment of acid rain. Some trees or fish will be able to tolerate greater acidity while others will struggle when there is only a small change in their environmental pH. The number of fish in streams and rivers declines because most fish eggs won’t hatch if the water has an acidic pH of 5.0 or lower.
So how does this apply to your pool? A swimming pool pH should rest between 7.2 to 8.0. Many experts feel that 7.5 is the perfect pH. According to pool service in Gilbert, if your pool becomes too acidic you’ll run into common annoyances associated with swimming, your eyes sting and your skin feels dry, especially if you swim in your pool often which many owners do. As it happens, pH 7.4 to 7.6 is also very good for chlorine disinfection. pH above 8.0 is dangerous and can cause skin/eye irritation.
Chlorine and Your Pool
Good water quality means maintaining optimum pH and chlorine levels. In other words, you check your pool water and then adjust the chemical levels accordingly. Chlorine is essential to any pool and acts as a sanitizer and oxidizer. Pool owners usechlorine to disintegrate dangerous bacteria and microorganisms that could cause harm.
Your swimming pool should be a source of family enjoyment, not a source of increased anxiety and stress.
However, every once and a while a problem will with your pool requiring repairs done by a professional. By utilizing a Gilbert swimming pool service company, you can have a resolution to your issue in no time. Here are a few of the most common swimming pool repairs:
Worn Out Pool Pump/Filter
Your pool’s pump and filter are essential to proper pool functioning. They circulate water in your pool, preventing pool water from becoming cloudy. If a pool pump is not working properly, it won’t take you very long to notice. Your pool water will become cloudy and dirty even though you’re putting the proper chemicals in it. You may also notice a spike in your electricity bills, because your pump and filter are working harder than normal to maintain water quality. If you notice an issue here be sure to notify your local professional immediately for repairs.
Leak in Pool
When hotter weather is present your pool water level will often drop. There are even cases when it’ll drop as a result of evaporation. However, if your pool’s water level seems to be dropping at a rapid rate, you may have a leak in your pool. A local pool service specialist can perform a series of standardized tests to figure out if a leak is to blame for your pool’s decreasing water level. A leaking pool can dilute your chemicals and make it harder to maintain proper chemical levels in your pool.
Choosing the Right Pool Cleaners
Another important tool that keeps your pool clean and functioning is an effective auto cleaner. On days you aren’t servicing your pool, an auto cleaner will help your water look great and prevent you from having to work on your pool as often as you otherwise would. It is recommended that you utilize pressure side cleaners that use their own booster pump. Pressure side cleaners are more desirable than suction cleaners, and they do not affect your circulation system whatsoever.