As the scorching summer approaches, Arizona residents are gearing up for a season filled with dips in the pool. With the abundance of pools in the state – Arizona boasts a ratio of one pool per 13 people – it’s essential for pool owners to prepare adequately for the season. With water awareness in mind, there are ways to keep water conservation and responsible water usage practices in mind while keeping the pool clean. 

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Whether a seasoned pool owner or a novice, FilterClean in Tempe, has some essential tips to ensure pools are ready for the summer splash.

1. Monitor Filter Pressure Levels: Keeping an eye on filter pressure levels is crucial. If the gauge indicates 6-10 pounds per square inch (psi) above the initial range, it’s time to take action.

2. Clean the Pool Filter: Regular maintenance includes cleaning the pool filter. Accumulated debris can hinder filtration efficiency and lead to issues. The average homeowner wastes up to 2,500 gallons of water during pool cartridge filter cleaning, but by adopting efficient cleaning techniques water wastage can be minimized. Keep in mind the disposal of filters, because surprisingly, approximately 166,000 filters end up in landfills each year, taking a staggering 450 years to decompose fully. Implementing eco-friendly disposal methods or exploring reusable alternatives can mitigate this environmental impact.

3. Inspect for Leaks and Wear: Warmer weather can exacerbate existing problems. Before diving in, carefully examine the filter tank and all piping for leaks, cracks, or unusual wear. 

4. Keep Skimmer and Pump Baskets Clear: Prevent debris from clogging the system by routinely clearing skimmer and pump baskets. A clean system ensures optimal filtration.

5. Chemical Testing: Utilize test strips or other chemical testing methods to ensure that the water chemistry is within optimal specifications. Proper chemical balance is vital for a safe and enjoyable swimming experience.

6. In-floor Cleaning Systems: Malfunctioning in-floor cleaning systems can impact pump and filter pressures. Addressing any issues promptly is essential to maintain efficient pool operation.

7. pH Levels: High pH levels in pools can deactivate chlorine and contribute to solid and calcium buildup, leading to scale formation in the pool and equipment. Saltwater pools, in particular, require careful monitoring and additional measures to reduce pH levels for effective chlorine function and to minimize scale buildup.

8. Algae Growth: Algae thrive in temperatures ranging from 50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, with growth persisting in waters up to 90 degrees. Vigilant monitoring and appropriate preventive measures can help prevent algae infestation.

As pool season kicks into high gear, incorporating these tips and facts into the pool maintenance routine can help ensure a safe, enjoyable, and environmentally conscious swimming experience. Whether they’re basking in the Arizona sun, lounging in the pool, or swimming laps, proper pool care is essential for maximizing summer fun. 

By being mindful of water usage and environmental impact, pool owners can ensure a safe, enjoyable, and environmentally conscious swimming experience for all. Individuals and businesses interested in joining FilterClean’s efforts to save water and contribute to a more sustainable future can learn more by visiting www.FilterClean.Green or calling (480) 966-0474. 

Author: Page Gray is the owner of FilterClean, a leading provider of innovative pool cartridge filter cleaning solutions, is committed to saving 2 billion gallons of potable water annually in Arizona. This initiative underscores FilterClean’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and water conservation. For more information, visit today.