Having a pool in your backyard is a luxury, especially in Arizona’s summer heat. By taking the proper steps to maintain your pool, you can keep it looking beautiful and clean. The procedure is similar no matter where you live, but Arizona pool owners do need to take the high temperatures and sun exposure into account.
Here are some tips for pool maintenance in Arizona:
Your pool’s water level should be at the midpoint of your skimmer. If it drops below this, your pool pump may start to suck in air. This can seriously damage the system and lead to costly repairs. Evaporation is one of the major reasons the water level decreases. In the Arizona sun, this can happen more quickly than it does in other regions. As a result, it is recommended that you check the water level in your swimming pool daily and add more when necessary.
An easier alternative to managing the water level manually is having an automatic fill system installed. This state-of-the-art feature senses when the water in your pool is too low or too high and adds/removes water to correct any issues. With this system, you don’t need to check the water every day, although it’s beneficial to take a look if you’re outside just to make sure everything is working properly.
Pool chemistry is one of the most essential factors for keeping your pool functioning at its best. Many of the chemicals you add to your pool are affected by exposure to sunlight and heat. For example, chlorine may dissipate more quickly at higher temperatures. This means that relying on a set schedule for when to add chemicals may not be completely effective. Testing your water is usually a better option if you want to be sure that you are adding the right amount of pool chemicals. Pools by Design also offers a pool automation system that can monitor and maintain sanitizer and pH levels.
Summer isn’t just a time for enjoying your pool. It’s also Arizona’s monsoon season, which the National Weather Service designates as lasting from June 15 through September 30. Monsoons bring heavy rainfall and strong winds, both of which can have an impact on your pool.
After any monsoon, you should add pool shock to sanitize the water. This is because the winds can blow debris into your pool and the rainwater can impact the balance of chemicals. Before shocking, you should skim the surface to remove any large objects that have fallen in. It’s also a good idea to clear out your pool skimmer basket.
If there is enough rain, a monsoon can easily cause your pool to overflow. This can be annoying, but the good news is that it rarely causes any lasting damage. In most cases, the water will be absorbed by the surrounding deck or landscaping in your yard. If there is a lot of excess water, you can sweep it toward any dirt or rocks to speed up this process. To remove water from your pool, you can use a hose attached to your pool pump. However, it’s important not to operate your pool’s equipment while it is still raining or if there is water around any electrical components. If this is the case, it is best to call a professional for pool service.
At Pools by Design, we build gorgeous pools using high-quality materials. We can also include features to make maintenance easier and improve energy efficiency.