Preparing Your Swimming Pool For Swim Season in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Now that Memorial Day has passed, it is officially swimming season! This is an exciting time for most residential pool owners along with anyone that loves the water because the ability to jump in, host barbecues with friends and family, and lounge around the swimming pool is finally here. The key though to this is making sure your pool is prepped and ready for swim season. So, how do you achieve that? At Clark County Pool & Lawn we start to get a lot more phone calls and hope this blog post helps you prepare your swimming pool season for the high temperatures we have in Las Vegas!
Ultimately, everyone who owns a swimming pool has the same goal, keeping it clean, blue, clear, and ready to swim in at all times. If you aren’t familiar with water chemistry or the challenges of taking care of a pool, hiring a reputable swimming pool service and repair company should be at the forefront of your mind but we know that some people want to do it on their own. Pools come in various shapes and sizes. Some use chlorine for sanitation and others use salt. First and foremost, chemistry is extremely important especially with our high temperatures and we recommend using Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), and Cyanuric Acid (CYA). With temperatures reaching the 100’s and the winds picking up, checking chlorine, pH, CYA and TA should be done weekly along with brushing the water tile line, the interior finish and steps, and benches. Skimming out debris as soon as possible when bushes and trees bloom is also extremely important to prevent chlorine loss in the pool. You will also want to make sure to empty out the skimmer and pump baskets regularly to allow for proper filtration in and out of the filter. The following are guidelines recommended by pool professionals for water chemistry during the summer….
Chlorine – 3-5ppm
pH – 7.4 – 7.8
TA – 80-120ppm
CYA – 30 – 80ppm
Phosphates – less than 100ppb
Another way you can prep your residential swimming pool for swim season is making sure your Calcium Hardness (CH) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels are low. In the Las Vegas area, our fill water is extremely hard. It is loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals that can make it harder to maintain proper water chemistry. That is why we also recommend using Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration on your swimming pool before the season starts. This will help you maintain better water chemistry, it will make your pool water softer, and prevent scaling from occurring on your tile, interior finish, and filtration equipment if you maintain lower levels of calcium. At Clark County Pool & Lawn, we offer mobile filtration for both residential and commercial swimming pool owners. This will not only improve your water quality but also give you the best water to swim in. If should have any questions in regards to prepping your swimming pool for the upcoming season, how we can service your pool weekly, or how our RO service works, please contact us today!