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Living in Arizona Tips

Long Realty is pleased to bring you tips for Living in Arizona, courtesy of our local Long Advantage business partners. The articles below covers an array of helpful and insightful tips for the Arizona lifestyle. We hope you find this information useful.

Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

It's that time of year again... You walked out to your backyard and said to yourself, "It's time to get the pool in shape for the summer season." Well, here is a quick summary of things to check to help ensure that your swim season goes the best it can.

Look around… Make sure you are not seeing any leaks in the plumbing, wetness around the pump motor or on the concrete pad. Also, make sure you have good circulation of water in your pump basket. Then, test your water for the level of "total dissolved solids," such as calcium, in the water to determine whether you need to drain and refill your pool. Arizona's water is so "hard" (or laden with calcium and minerals) that the buildup can prevent your pool chemicals from doing their job. In some cases, the TDS levels are so high that a pool needs draining and refilling with clean water that will respond to the chemicals in appropriate amounts. Pools usually need to be drained every three to five years, as TDS levels get too high. If your pool is salt-chlorinated, check salt levels and clean the cells regularly, especially if the salt system stops producing when the weather cools off (most stop automatically at about 55 degrees). Be sure the chlorine level is above 5.0. The shock will oxidize "dead" material that the chlorine has killed, such as bacteria, algae and skin cells.

Now that you have checked your pool and got it up and running, it's just as important to perform routine maintenance. If you don't have a pool service, devote time every week to a thorough cleaning of the pool, which involves netting out the debris, vacuuming, brushing the pool down, emptying the skimmer and pump baskets, and chemically treating the water. An automatic pool cleaner is a great investment. Most likely, you run your pool pump all year, so maintenance on it should be ongoing. Inspect the strainer basket regularly for cracks, which can let debris pass through. In addition to cleaning your filters every few months, it is important to maintain the chemical balance.

The best thing you can do to solve the majority of problems are: Keep fresh water in your pool, make sure your filters are clean, make sure you have good water circulation in the pool, keep your chemicals in balance and be sure to run the filter for a long enough time (in higher speed if you have a variable or dual speed motor.)

Article provided courtesy of Sparkle and Splash Pool Care. For more information or to schedule a pool service or repair, contact Sparkle and Splash Pool Care at 520-250-1919.

The information contained in these articles are provided by local area businesses. We believe this information to be accurate and reliable, but it is not guaranteed.