When I perform Home Inspections in Phoenix, I also will inspect the pool. Here are some simple tips you can use to keep you pool clean and clear and prevent it from turning into a big green monster that eats your time and money.
Check your chlorine AND the PH level in the pool. Many times I see pools where the owner focused on just the chlorine and neglected the PH . this can result in serious damage.
As temperatures increase, most Arizona swimming pools will continue to use 2-3 times as much chemicals as in the winter months. If the pool is being used this will increase the amount of chemicals needed. When it comes to use and chemicals, one midsized dog in the pool is equivalent to 10 people.
Also remember the pools need more filter time this time of year than in the winter months.
Collect the water sample 12-18 inches below the surface (Not at the top)
Note: The PH test is most accurate in the middle of the test range and is least accurate at the top and bottom of the range. If your PH reading is at the top or bottom of the range, collect a water sample in a glass jar, write down your pools shape, length, width and depth and take the sample to your local pool supply. Most of these places will test the water for free and can tell you exactly how much of what product you need to add to the pool to get everything balanced.
Take a moment and go turn on the pool equipment, look for leaks and look for air bubbles in the pool, If you see air blowing into the pool, that indicates a leak on the suction side of the system. I suggest you call your pool maintenance company to check it out before it gets too bad.
Check the water level in the pool. It should typically be about midway up the tile or about the middle of the skimmer opening.
Clean your filter. This is done differently depending on your filter type.
For tips on how to maintain your pool click on this link http://www.lesliespool.com/faq.html
Leslie’s pools also wrote a book called Clear Answers Clear Solutions however they recently decided to put it on clearance. This is the best book I have found for a home owner. It is basically a home owners pool and spa owner’s manual so if you want a copy I suggest calling the stores in your area to see if they have any left in stock. I paid $20 for my first copy and after I loaned it out and it didn’t return, I paid $13.50 for the next copy on clearance I have Volume 7.
(I am not affiliated with Leslie’s Pools and I received nothing for trying to sell a book that is out of print)
Scott Warga, is the Qualifying party for ACSI American Construction Specialists and Investigations LLC,(ROC216772) a dual licensed residential and small commercial contractor. He is also a qualified Phoenix home inspector certified by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration (#38062) and was appointed to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration’s Enforcement Advisory Committee. He has years of construction experience and has performed residential and commercial property inspections for over 10 years. He has specialized in forensic inspections, investigating failed, damaged and defective construction for over 5 years. He is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), (#205826) and currently sits on their board of directors. He has been an instructor of home inspection at Mesa Community College, for Inspection Training Associates, a Kaplan Professional School and Arizona Sun-Tech Home Inspection School. He has served as District Chairman & Vice President for the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors and an approved instructor for both them and the Arizona Department of Real Estate. If you need an Arizona Home Inspector, he is your guy.