As desert inhabitants, we are accustomed to the beauty and charm of Tucson. The warm climate allows us to enjoy our outdoor spaces throughout the year, and many residents take advantage of this by investing in backyard swimming pools. However, pool maintenance in our desert climate presents unique challenges that require attention.
Here are some unique considerations for desert pool maintenance:
One of the primary challenges of desert pool maintenance is managing evaporation. Tucson’s low humidity and high temperatures can quickly deplete your pool’s water level, significantly affecting its chemical balance. A reduction in water volume increases the concentration of chemicals, potentially leading to harsh swimming conditions that can irritate skin and eyes.
To avoid this, regularly monitor your pool’s water level and replenish as needed. Additionally, keep your pool chemistry balanced by testing it weekly and adjusting the chemicals accordingly.
In response to the high evaporation rates, some pool owners may be tempted to overfill their pools. However, in desert areas, maintaining the correct water level is critical, particularly during the monsoon season. Overfilled pools during monsoon rains can lead to overspilling, potentially damaging your pool equipment and surrounding landscaping.
The good news is that many pools, including those from Pools By Design, have an automatic fill system that maintains a steady water level.
Another unique consideration is the increased amount of dust and debris that desert winds and monsoon storms can carry into your pool. This not only affects the cleanliness of your pool but can also influence your pool’s chemistry. Therefore, it is essential to regularly clean your pool and filter system and keep surrounding trees and shrubs well-trimmed to minimize debris.
While not exclusive to desert climates, algae growth is another concern that is exacerbated by the frequent sunny days in Tucson. Algae thrive in warm, sunlit water, making our desert pools a perfect breeding ground. Regularly checking and maintaining the correct chemical balance will help prevent algae growth. However, if you do notice algae, address it immediately to prevent it from spreading.
Lastly, remember that the components of some types of pools, such as those with a vinyl liner, may degrade faster due to Tucson’s intense sun and high temperatures. UV radiation can cause pool liners to fade and become brittle.
The best solution is to choose a high-quality concrete pool that is built to last, even in the Tucson heat.
At Pools By Design, we understand that desert pool maintenance requires a unique approach. But don’t let this deter you from owning the pool of your dreams. With a little extra attention and knowledge, you can keep your desert pool in prime condition all year round. Despite the unique challenges that Tucson’s desert climate presents, the joy of swimming into a well-maintained pool makes it all worthwhile.
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