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.
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 use chlorine to disintegrate dangerous bacteria and microorganisms that could cause harm.