Weekly Pool Service In Las Vegas
With summer here and temperatures rising, so are your pool water temps, Clark County Pool & Lawn wants to make sure your swimming pool is always ready to swim in which means there is huge importance around balancing your water chemistry. We understand that when you spend a lot of your hard-earned money on a swimming pool, it’s extremely important to keep it clear and most importantly clean. Ultimately, 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. First and foremost, your water chemistry is vital and we recommend utilizing Taylor Test Kits to check for adequate amounts of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity (TA), and Cyanuric Acid (CYA). With temperatures as high as they are, checking chlorine, pH, CYA, and TA should be done weekly along with brushing the tile line, interior finish of the pool, and steps and benches. Netting out debris as soon as possible when bushes and trees bloom is vital to preventing rapid chlorine loss in the pool. You will also want to make sure to empty out the skimmer and pump baskets to allow for proper filtration. Depending on the time of the year, the following are appropriate values to remember when it comes to chemistry:
Chlorine – 3 – 5 ppm (summer)
pH – 7.2 – 7.8
Total Alkalinity – 80 – 120 ppm
CYA – 30 – 80 ppm
When levels of chlorine fall below recommendations or filtration are compromised algae can begin to grow. With that said, you should be filtering your pool on average 10 hours a day. If the pH climbs above 7.8 the water can become cloudy and scale on the tile can occur. To prevent possible algae growth now is the time to increase your chlorine levels along with filtration times. In regards to TA, the alkaline substances act as buffers, inhibiting changes in pH. Therefore, total alkalinity is a measure of the buffering ability of pool water and changes with the pH of your pool.
Finally, CYA which is also known as stabilizer and conditioner for your swimming pool is something that is necessary to help retain chlorine in your swimming pool but the key is knowing what happens when the levels go over what is recommended? CYA protects the free chlorine from being destroyed by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. It helps reduce the chlorine loss by protecting the free chlorine in the pool from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which in turn reduces the amount of chlorine needed to maintain proper sanitizer levels. Because of this, cyanuric acid can help reduce the cost of maintaining a safe and clean swimming pool. Depending on whether or not you have a salt system, the normal ranges for CYA in your swimming pool is 30 to 80 parts per million (ppm). But, what happens when those levels are higher than 80 ppm? The biggest issue would be the effectiveness of the chlorine to act as a disinfectant. When you have higher levels of CYA it will bind with the chlorine, making it slower acting to kill bacteria and microorganisms, and prevent algae from growing. This means the higher your CYA levels are the more Free Chlorine (FC) you will need.
Clark County Pool & Lawn proudly services residential and commercial swimming pools. To learn more about our services and how we can help you, please contact us today!