Summer has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere today June 21, @ 11:54 a.m.  Marking the longest day, the shortest night and the beginning of summer.

What does this mean for you as a pool owner? 

Days are longer, temperatures are rising and more than likely so is the occupancy of your pool. More frequent use calls for more frequent pool care and chemical balancing. That’s why Pool Works offers free water testing to our customers & every chemical to balance out your pool. Our team of water chemists will help you tackle any problem and ensure you never miss a beat.

Swimming is a great way burn calories, at 650 calories burned every hour swimming is more effective than running or biking. Swimming is also a great way to  cool off in the summer heat and bring your friends/family together. In the United States, swimming is the fourth most popular recreational activity. So if you are in the market of purchasing a pool or currently own one expect to have friends and family over when the temperatures rise.

5 Pool Maintenance Tips That You Need To Try Right Now

Regularly scrub & skim your pool –  cleaning your pool should be a daily occurrence by scrubbing the side walls and or skimming debris off the surface of your water. If you don’t have the time or simply do not want to clean your pool by hand look into purchasing a robotic automatic pool cleaner.  These cleaners do all the heavy lifting for you and would drop your pool maintenance next to nothing.

Keep up with cleaning your filter & skimmer basket – To get the best results with your skimmer empty the basket at least once a week. If you have a sand filter backwash at least once a month, if you have a cartridge filter at least once a month remove it and spray it down with a hose. Doing this routinely will ensure your water stays clear and your equipment has a long healthy life.

Regularly test your chemical levels – The 5 levels you should keep a close eye are on are pH (7.2-7.8), alkalinity (80-120ppm), calcium hardness (200-500ppm), cyanuric acid (0-50ppm) and chlorine (1-4ppm). Each of these levels play a key part in the overall health of your pool. There are home test kits you can buy but if you desire more accurate results bring in a water sample to our store.

Use A Tennis Ball To Absorb Oils – Most of the time when people think about tennis balls in a pool, they think about playing catch. However, those toys can do double duty. When swimmers exit the pool, certain oils can get left behind in the water – suntan lotion, hair product, the natural oils produced by our skin. While it’s unpleasant to think about, luckily there’s an easy solution. Simply throw a tennis ball into the water. The fibers used to make the tennis ball will help absorb the oils and keep them from leaving a slick sheen on top of the water.

Schedule a yearly service appointment whether you think you need it or not –  Sometimes you need to trust an expert. Especially when it comes to your pool’s mechanical equipment – pumps, filters, heating systems – you may not have the proper knowledge for care. At least once a year, have a pool service professional come out to check your devices.