Commonly Asked Questions by Pool Owners
As summer nears there are some additional changes that need to be done to get a swimming pool in tip top shape. Here a few words of advice from your friends with Barefoot Pools.
1. Child safety should be the first issue to address as a pool owner. It is imperative that proper barriers be installed around all pools. Please check with your local municipality for information on the pool barrier ordinance in which your pool is located. You can find a comprehensive list consisting of municipality contacts at: http://www.aaronline.com/documents/PoolBarrierLaws.pdf.
2. Pool water needs to be filtered for a minimum of 8 hours every day in the summer. Under filtering will lead to algae growth, cloudy water, and subsequent problems.
3. Hot summer temps promote algae growth. In order to avoid having a green pool use a sanitizer such as: chlorine tablets, liquid chlorine, or shock. The amount to ad will depend on numerous factors including the size of the pool and the water chemistry of it.
4. Be sure to conduct proper pool equipment maintenance too. This is a simple task yet it is commonly overlooked. Under maintained equipment can lead to severe and costly problems down the road.
a. Proper O-Ring lubrication is crucial in the extreme desert climate. Lubrication or O-Ring replacement should be done annually.
b. Depending on the filter type, filter maintenance intervals vary.
i. quarterly cleanings for cartridge filters
ii. annual cleanings for DE filters
iii. sand changes every 7-10 years for sand filters.
c. High calcium levels in the water make it necessary to change pool water every 2-3 years. Acid wash?? Fresh water and chemicals will help keep pool water looking great!
Courtesy of Barefoot Pools