If you read our article last month, Pool Chemicals For Dummies: Part One, than you now know how important it is to keep up with your pool maintenance—specifically, the pH levels that allows your pool to stay in perfect working order. Now, it’s time for us to dive a little deeper—and metaphorically speaking—into the ‘deep end’ of responsible pool ownership! The more you understand what your pool needs, the less you’ll have to spend in the long run.
A Chemical Tutorial (During Times of Drought or Excessive Summer Heat)
As a responsible pool owner, maintaining the correct pH levels during the summertime—when the water level in your pool will naturally go down due to the intense heat—can be a challenge if you don’t stay on top of it. The following rules apply to the summer months, as well as any other time of the year when you’re experiencing a drought in your neck of the woods:
- As the temperatures begin the rise (we recommend starting in May), start checking the chemical levels of your pool weekly. This will help you determine if your pool is safe for swimming or not. If your levels are low, call your local pool company, or the experts at Royal Swimming Pools at 866-532-8194 to get additional information on properly supplying your pool with the right chemicals for safe swimming.
- Check the saturation index once a month. The saturation index is very important—as important as checking the pH and chlorine levels—because it lets you know if the overall water balance of your pool is healthy and adequate (in a nutshell, it oversees the alkaline levels of your pool). In addition, keep tabs on the temperature of your water—because if your water is too warm, it can create problems that the chemicals are working to control.
Invest in a High Quality Cover
One of the fastest, rapidly growing trends in pool ownership and pool upkeep is the automated pool covers. Whether you are brand new to owning a pool, or you’ve had a pool in your backyard for the last ten years, more and more people are making the switch from soft covers (which only offer your pool so much protection from heat, blistery cold weather and wild animals) to sturdy, automated covers.
Automated covers will give you the peace of mind you need, so that unsupervised children, unwanted animals (dogs, cats, and wild animals such as deer and squirrels) keep out of your pool and out of harm’s way. It will also help to maintain your pool’s pH and chlorine levels.
At Royal Swimming Pools, we have a diverse assortment of manual, automatic and recessed automatic pool covers that will fit almost any pool shape, and will drastically enhance the health and overall longevity of your pool! We can help you achieve a beautiful, long lasting pool that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. Contact us today!