Spring has sprung and are you prepping your pool for swim season?
Now that It is officially March, swim season in Las Vegas is just around the corner! With spring comes increased temperatures and the official start of being able to start swimming again. After several cold months and your pool not being used, it’s now time to start thinking about what you need to do to get your pool ready for the upcoming swim season! If you’re like us, this is an exciting time and we want to make sure you’re ready because changes must happen! This is always a great time at Clark County Pool & Lawn because just like you, we own swimming pools and love being able to relax in them, host barbecues, swim laps and host pool parties. The key at this point is knowing that there is more maintenance that is required when the pool water warms up and we want this blog post to highlight all that needs to be done.
Most importantly, if you haven’t already, you will need to increase your levels of chlorine in the swimming pool. Typically during winter, you can get away with 1 part per million chlorine but that won’t be enough when the water gets warmer. At this point, we recommend increasing your chlorine levels to 3 parts per million to prevent algae growth. The other major change that will need to occur is your filter run times. Typically, during winter you can decrease your run times a few hours but they will need to be at their max during the warmer months. Most family size pools will need to run at least eight to twelve hours.
The following are standard water chemistry levels in the swimming pool industry:
pH: 7.4 – 7.8
TA: 80 – 120ppm
Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400ppm
CYA: 30 – 50ppm
Please keep in mind that some of these levels might be different if you own a salt chlorinator and we highly recommend reading the owners manual to determine what they are!
Spring in Las Vegas means more wind and increased vegetation. When this happens it is extremely important to monitor your swimming pool as much as possible. You will need to brush down the steps, benches, and interior finish of the swimming pool more as well as netting out the debris in the pool. We also recommend keeping an eye on your skimmer and pump baskets too. Increased debris in your swimming pool can eat up your chlorine and add phosphates to your swimming pool. Skimmer and pump baskets that are full decrease filtration and could cause issues with the pump/motor.
At the start of spring, we also recommend inspecting your filtration equipment for proper function and leaks. This is always the best time to do any repairs that might occur during the middle of summer. You will also need to check your pool water for Calcium Hardness (CH), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) too. All of these levels must be balanced to keep your pool clear, blue and ready to swim in.