Get your pool ready for summer!

By
Real Estate Agent with Smart Referral Network, LLC

We asked pool care expert Billy Whitmore, owner of Summer Breeze Pool & Spa Services, LLC, in Surprise, Arizona, for some tips on getting swimming pools ready for summer. He offered the following F.A.C.T.S:

Filtration
Clean filters and cartridges. Suntan lotion, baby oils, and dirt clog filters. If the filter is dirty, the water will not circulate enough and algae will form. Summer Breeze recommends annual cleaning of D.E. and card cartridge filters by taking apart and cleaning the internal filter elements. Dirty filter = dirty water!

Adequate Agua (Water)
Check your water level! Dry, hot days and splashing cause water loss. Nothing will ruin equipment faster than lack of water. Without proper water levels, pumps cannot function and water will not circulate. In Arizona, we lose 10 feet of water through evaporation per year!
Pool
Circulation
Make sure to run the pump enough. Pools need to filter and circulate water much more often in the summer months. Timers should be set to run as follows:

  • Summer: 8-12 hours a day
  • Winter: 4-8 hours a day

Algae will grow if the pump isn't run often enough. RUN THE PUMP IN THE EVENING, DURING "OFF PEAK" HOURS. (9pm - 9am)

Toys
Take toys out of the pool. Toys will find your skimmer, drains, and pool cleaners, causing blockage and restricting water flow. Kids are attracted to toys! Please protect your family by removing toys for the pool after swimming.

Sanitizer
Chemicals such as Chlorine, Muriatic Acid, and Stabilizer are critical when it comes to healthy pool water. Adequate chlorine levels need to be kept up on a weekly basis. Chlorine kills bacteria and prevents algae growth. Without chlorine, your pool will turn green before you know it. Muriatic acid (also called hydrochloric acid) helps control the pH and Alkalinity in your pool. If these get out of balance, you risk itchy skin, pool staining, and equipment corrosion. Stabilizer (conditioner) is important because it protects the chlorine in your pool from the sun. Chlorine is very unstable when exposed to heat and UV rays. Stabilizer works like sun tan lotion for chlorine. Chemicals should be added and tested weekly.

By following these F.A.C.T.S., you should have a refreshing, sparkling pool to enjoy all summer. Finally, if you have dogs, Whitmore recommends keeping them out of the pool as much as possible. Dogs zap chlorine from your pool and dog hair clogs drains, skimmers, pumps and filters. One dog swimming in your pool is equal to 10 adults!

If you have additional questions about pool cleaning or maintenance, contact:
Billy Whitmore
Summer Breeze Pool & Spa Services, LLC
(623) 866-3128

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Comments (3)

Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ
AzLadyInRed

Stephanie, great breakdown for preparing pools for the summer.

BTW, I take it you didn't know about the event last week? So sorry you weren't able to be there. If you twitter, be sure to keep track of the goings and comings - especially in Phoenix...probably won't be another RE Bar Camp in Phoenix until next year...hopefully you clicked on the Flickr link to see the photos....it was so much fun. ;-)

Apr 30, 2009 02:03 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Stephanie - This is great information for all of us in Arizona.  Pools are very common, and not everyone who owns one knows how to maintain it.  Thanks for sharing.

May 01, 2009 06:28 PM
Stephanie Pitel
Smart Referral Network, LLC - Glendale, AZ

Hi Teri - Thanks!  I will definitely check out the photos and hope to attend the next one.

Hi Troy - Thanks!  I've lived here my whole life and some of this information was new to me.  Glad you found it helpful.

May 06, 2009 08:11 AM