This year’s heatwave is going nowhere! With temperatures soaring towards 30degrees, if you’ve got a pool, you’ll need to know what to do to keep it in tip top condition and ready for those cooling dips you and the family need!
BTU Pools are one of Surrey and the South East’s longest established pool build and maintenance companies and Service Manager Wayne Coleman has a few useful tips to help you keep your pool in pristine condition.
TIP 1 – Circulation:
Keep your water circulating! Depending on the type and size of your pool you may need to run your pump for 8-12 hours each day. This will help keep the water clear and looking fresh.
TIP 2 – Filtration
You need to keep your skimmer baskets, pump baskets and the filter clean and clear of debris. You also need to make sure that the filter is working properly and backwashed.
TIP 3 – Brushing
This may seem obvious, but you down’t want bacteria or algae forming on the walls or floor of your pool. So, make sure you brush the pool regularly (once a week is good). Take extra care in the areas of your pool where there is low water circulation – such as steps, benches, corners etc..).
Tip 4 – Water Chemistry
Pool water should be tested at least once a week – or more when the weather is particularly hot or when many people are using it (remember, suncreams and moisturisers also affect the water chemistry). Testing and treating the water accordingly will help keep the water free from bacteria and algae. Leaving your pool to be checked fortnightly or monthly poses a risk to the quality of the water at this time of the year. It is worth noting that preventative algaecide is helpful during hot weather periods.
Our recommended levels:
- Test at least weekly during this hot weather
- chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0ppm
- pH – 7.2 to 7.6
- cyanuric acid – 30 to 50ppm
- salt level in a salt pool –2700 to 3500 ppm
- Test monthly or as needed
- Total alkalinity – 80ppm-150ppm
- Calcium hardness – 200 to 400 ppm
TIP 5 – Most Important Tip of All
Simply keeping your pH level at the optimum level of 7.2-7.4 – this will make sure the chlorine you are using is at its most effective.
If you are unsure or you are struggling with managing your pool in this hot weather, you can bring a bottle (500ml) of water into our PoolShop at Wyevale Garden Centre, Woking and we would be delighted to undertake a water analysis for you and recommend the correct treatment. Alternatively, we can help you keep your pool clean and ready for use this summer – give us a call on 01483 727444 for a weekly pool maintenance estimate.