It's that time of year again when you can spend a nice hot day alternately sunning yourself besides your pool and jumping in for a cool refreshing swim. Your pool is a great way to beat the heat, but did you know that the heat can also give your pool a beating? As the days become longer and the sun becomes hotter, the ultraviolet rays from the sun burn the chlorine out of your pool water much faster than at other times of the year. That means it's time to make some adjustments to your pool maintenance routine.
If you're using a salt system, turn up the cell 10-20% so you don't end up with a moment where no sanitizer is being delivered to your pool. If you're using chlorine tablets, make sure to open up your chlorinator an extra notch or two to allow more chlorine to flow through the unit. You also may want to start shocking the pool more frequently. If you're used to shocking the pool every 7-8 days, you might want to adjust that to once every 5 days to help keep the algae away. If you have any doubts, test your pool water for chlorine (or bring us a sample and we'll do it for you!) and if the level is too low, shock the pool to help it get back on track and algae free. After all, the only green you want to see around your pool is the envious looks from the neighbors as you plunge back into your clean clear water for another refreshing splash in the summer heat!