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Winterizing your pool in Arizona? Really?

The fall is great to take some time to give your Arizona pool some tender loving care.

Unlike winterizing in the Midwest, or the East, we here in Southern Arizona, have full beautiful pools all year. The relaxation of sounds of the waterfall and the beauty of the clean brisk water are always something to be appreciated.  So, why ‘winterize’?

Think of it more as routine maintenance and following up on pool safety.

Test your pool water

  • Ensure that your pool water is balanced by checking the pH and alkalinity, calcium and sanitizer level.  This is done to assist the chlorine in being more effective. AzCentral.com suggests that your levels resemble the following:
    • pH: 7.2 – 7.6
    • Alkalinity:  80 – 120 ppm
    • Calcium hardness: 175 – 250 ppm
    • Chlorine: 1 – 3 ppm

Clean your pool

  • Eliminate buildup or debris by brushing and vacuuming your pool. In some cases you may need to shock your pool.  This will help in preventing algae from growing when not in use.

Clean your filter

  • Backwash and clean your filter removing any debris that might be causing it to clog.

Pool Cover

  • Covering your pool for the off-season is a personal choice.  Be acutely aware of your home environment when making this choice. Many covers resemble a solid surface which will cause confusion for some pets and children.  This means, they may attempt to walk on them and get tangled in them.  We all know that is only takes a moment to drown.

Gates/Alarms

  • Take this time to check your gates, locks on your gates and/or pool alarms.  Just like fall back/spring ahead fire alarm checks – you need to practice the same rituals with your pool safety check.
    • Do gates close properly and stay latched?
    • If your gate requires a lock does it still stay locked?
    • Is all debris removed from fence area to prevent children from climbing over the fence?
    • Does the battery need replaced in your alarm?
    • Do window and sliding glass door alarms all function properly?

When in doubt, call a pro!

These are some simple ideas to help you protect your pool and family. However, we are not the pool professionals.  If you have questions about your pool, gates or alarms call a respective professional in your area.

 

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