Pool Owners, Take Heed | Monsoon Season is Here!
- July 20, 2011
- Pool Industry News and Tips,
During the Monsoon Season, your pool service may not be sufficient for keeping your pool clean and clear. Poolman asks that you please understand these changing weather conditions are far beyond our control.
Here are a few tricks you can do which will keep your pool looking good between your service visits:
- Empty your baskets on a daily basis – They fill up faster than you think!
- Keep your system running. This will help filter out a portion of the dust & dirt.
- Check your cleaning system to ensure it isn’t clogged with debris.
Special Note: The sun’s reflection off of the dirt in your pool will often give the illusion that your pool is green, when in fact the dirt is simply causing a light distortion.
How long and when to run your pool
As long as there is water in your pool you must run your system once a day in order to properly circulate and filter all the water in a 24 hour period. Poolman recommends you run your system at nighttime between the hours of 9pm and 7am. In the summer months we recommend running your pool 8-10 hours depending on the size and/or the equipment being used. In the winter months we recommend the pool run 6-8 hours.
Cleaner is not working
Usually in this situation your cleaner went over a rock, toy or stick. With the system running pull your cleaner up to the surface of the pool but NOT OUT OF THE WATER, and check for the obstruction; if this doesn’t work then backwash your filter. If you are still having problems shut your pool off and remove the cleaner from the pool to determine what is wrong. If you are not sure, contact Poolman.
Be sure to always maintain the water level in your pool up to the middle of the skimmer box opening. If your water level gets too low your pump will draw air and run dry, causing damage to your equipment. If your pool level gets too high your skimmer will not clean the surface of the pool and you will be wasting water.
Fun in the Sun Safety Tips
While summer means fun in the sun, make sure you’re not getting too much of a good thing. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure. The CDC recommends easy options for sun protection:
- Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection
- Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after you swim or do things that make you sweat.
- Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.
- Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Loose fitting long sleeved shirts and long pants made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection from the sun’s UV rays. A wet t-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one. Darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.
- Sunglasses protect your eyes form UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes form sun exposure. Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. It’s best to avoid alcohol and caffeine all together when you’re spending a day in the sun, but if you drink alcoholic beverages balance it with one glass of water with each beverage.