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How to open your pool in 7 steps

Whether you properly closed your pool for the winter or let it go, eventually springtime returns with warmer days, and you have to get your pool swim-ready again. We put together two plans on how you can open your pool for the season: one plan with 7 steps, and one plan with one step. Read below to learn more! Step 1: Take the pool cover off your pool.   Clear off any dirt, leaves and debris on the pool cover so it will not fall in the pool, then remove your pool cover so you can access your pool. Step 2: Clean your filter if it wasn’t done in the fall.   The pool filter is a vital part of keeping your pool clean. Your filter removes small debris from the pool water to keep it clear. Because of this, your pool filter has to be cleaned regularly to make sure it doesn’t get too clogged up. Make sure not to handle your filter while the pool pump is on. Our recommendation is as follows: Clean your Media and Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters every six months, or cartridge filters at least three times per year. Have your filter regularly inspected by a professional to make sure it is running in optimal shape. To put your mind at ease, we have the perfect hands-free program called Filter Care Plus, where we will come out to inspect and service your filter throughout the year! Find out more about this program here. Step 3: De-winterize and inspect your equipment.   Take the winter plugs out of the returns and skimmers. Clean and install the drains. Clean and inspect your pool pump, heater, automated pool cleaner, and any other equipment, and reconnect anything not connected. Put all the plugs back into the equipment that had been removed when you closed your pool. Also take the time to inspect, clean and reattach other pool features such as hand rails, diving boards, and ladders. We recommend conducting an equipment assessment and safety check before you start enjoying your pool for the season, to make sure everything is safe. Plus, you don’t want your equipment to break down or a leak to come up during the summer, so better safe than sorry! Our expert technicians will make sure everything is in working order. Give us a call to book a pool health check today. Step 4: Fill your pool to the normal level.   If your pool was drained when you closed your pool, it will need to be re-filled with water. If you have water in your pool but haven’t used it in a while, you will likely find that the water level has dropped. If the water level in your pool drops below the skimmer box, you run the risk of running your pump dry and burning out. To avoid this from happening, set yourself a regular reminder to check whether your pool needs a top up. Step 5: Turn on the breakers to the equipment. Before you turn the power on, make sure the valves are in the open position. Prime the pump by filling it with water, and make sure air is purged from the plumbing. Once the water is circulating through, inspect your pool for any cracks, leaks, or damaged hoses. If you see something that looks like a crack or other damage, turn it off again and call your local Poolwerx to set up a maintenance visit. Step 6: Test your water.   A free 60 second water test will let you know what’s in your water after your pool has been out of use. The results will help you know the exact chemical dosages you need to get your pool in optimal condition. Collect a sample from about an arm’s length under the water surface. To have an accurate analysis, aim to have the water tested within a few hours. Head to your local Poolwerx store to receive your 60 second computerized water test for free. Step 7: Balance your pool.   Now that you know what is needed for your pool, stop by Poolwerx for the supplies you need. Our helpful associates would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and give recommendations. Want a no contact experience? With our curbside pick up, no need to leave your vehicle–we’ll bring your supplies right to you! We even have chemical delivery available where we can bring everything you need to your door.

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Four Poolwerx locations win Top Service Award

Four Poolwerx locations have had the honor of receiving the Pool and Spa News and Jandy Service Award for 2020! Poolwerx Forest Lane in Texas, Poolwerx Union Hills in Arizona, Poolwerx Redlands in California, and Poolwerx Beaches in Florida were among the 50 winners of this prestigious award. This top service award is Pool and Spa News and Jandy’s annual recognition of the top 50 service-only firms and service operations attached to builders and retail firms. The judging criteria for this award includes revenue, staff management, web presence, industry participation and community participation. According to a survey of this group, whose results are found on the following pages, these companies didn’t miss a step this year, despite the unprecedented times. Thank you to Jandy for its sponsorship, and congratulations to our Poolwerx Franchise Partners for their excellent performance! Click here to read more at Pool & Spa News

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Coronavirus & Pools FAQ

During these uncertain times, it’s important to understand what you can do to ensure the safety and well-being of your family. We’ve shared below our most frequently asked questions around pool use and the Coronavirus.

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How to Avoid E. coli in your Pool Poolwerx Pointers How to Avoid E. coli in your Pool Pool playtime is great family fun, but there are some things to watch out for. Keep reading below to find out why a free water test is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your little ones–and pool–healthy and safe. 58% of public pools contain E. coli. In a 2013 study, The CDC collected samples of water from pool filters from public pools and tested the samples for genetic material (for example, DNA) of multiple microbes. The study found that 58%of the pool filter samples tested were positive for E. coli, bacteria normally found in human feces. Presence E. coli is an indicator of fecal contamination being present in the water. What introduces E. coli to pools? Infants and young children love to spend time playing in the pool. Infants and young children also tend to have accidents. Swim diapers are  not fool proof and fecal matter can leak out. But people may not know that there is another factor that contributes to a contaminated pool–when swimmers don’t shower before they get in. E. coli is a bacteria that everyone has inside their body and although people don’t like to think about it, people often will have small amounts of E. coli on their skin as well. People typically have about 0.14 grams of poop (about the same amount as a few grains of sand) on their bodies at any given time. Just how not washing your hands can spread germs that make someone sick, not washing your body before taking a swim can lead to shedding the bacteria into the water. The more unwashed swimmers in the pool, the more bacteria that can spread. You can get recreational water illnesses by swallowing, having contact with, or breathing in mists or aerosols from water contaminated with germs. You might think you don’t swallow pool water, but you probably do… at least a little bit. A 2006 study found that during a 45-minute swim, adults swallowed 37 milliliters or water on average or almost two tablespoons. Children swallowed twice that amount. Once swallowed, germs live in their new host’s gastrointestinal tract until they’re pooed out, beginning the cycle again. Can the E. coli in the pool actually make anyone sick? The most common symptoms caused by recreational water illnesses are diarrhea, skin rashes, ear pain, cough or congestion, and eye pain. Diarrhea is the most common recreational water illness and unfortunately people who are already sick with diarrhea can spread it to others when they get in recreational water. Children are among the most vulnerable. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower their body’s ability to fight germs and sickness are the most at risk of developing recreational water illnesses. Read More
What to know about your dog and your pool Poolwerx Pointers What to know about your dog and your pool   Your pool can be a great source of entertainment and exercise for your dogs while helping them keep cool. Keep reading below to find out why a free water test is one of the most important things you can do to keep your furry friend–and pool–healthy and safe. A single dog in a pool is equivalent to 3 or more people. People often underestimate the impact their furry family members have on their pool’s water balance. When your dog goes for a swim, he raises your pool water’s pH and uses up chlorine faster than a human. In addition, their fur will introduce more contaminants into the water than people typically bring in. Fur tends to trap all kinds of particles, including dirt, dander, bugs and other pests, and even poop. Because of this, animals have small particles of fecal matter stuck in their fur. This fecal matter contaminate the pool’s water, which can lead to the transmission of Recreational Water Illnesses such as E. coli, Giardia, Hepatitis A and Cryptosporidium. Fur can clog up filters and equipment. Just like how humans shed 100-200 hairs each day, dogs also shed their hair, especially in the summer time. Even hypoallergenic dogs experience some shedding, but if you have a dog with a long coat or double coat, you are probably already aware of just how much hair comes off them. When dogs swim in the pool, hair they have shed will get into the water. And as your pool filters your water, it will get into and potentially clog your filter and other pool equipment. If you don’t check your equipment regularly, it may impact your filter and pool pump’s ability to clear out contaminants. Read More
How to be a more eco-friendly pool owner Poolwerx Pointers How to be a more eco-friendly pool owner Own a pool but want to make less of an impact on the environment? We hear you. It’s natural to want to reduce the amount of chemicals you’re using not only in your day-to-day life, but in your pool as well. The only problem is, pools usually require chemicals to keep its water balanced, healthy and free of pathogens. So how do you get a more eco-friendly pool without also sharing it with algae, bacteria, viruses and other harmful intruders? Fortunately, there are options out there that will greatly reduce the amount of chlorine your pool needs. This means you can use less chemicals, which is great for the environment. Plus, your skin and hair–and even your wallet in the long run–will thank you too. Read below to find out four ways to have a more eco-friendly pool. 1. Convert to a Saltwater pool If you’ve ever heard the term “saltwater pool,” that pool would be using salt chlorination. Contrary to popular belief, saltwater pools do have chlorine in them. However, you wouldn’t have to buy chemical chlorine like you usually do in a “regular” pool, because while saltwater pools do use chlorine, they create it on their own. Instead of adding in store-bought chlorine, saltwater pools naturally create their own chlorine through a process called electrolysis. When you add pool grade salt to a chlorine generator, the generator runs salty water through two electrically charged plates, which converts it to chlorine. The pool water is still sanitized using chlorine, but the process is different from that of a typical chlorine pool. Salt chlorination is a more natural and convenient method to delivering chlorine to your pool, compared to harsher liquid and solid chemical chlorine that’s used in traditional pools. It is also a lower-cost alternative to chemical chlorine sanitization in the long run. Salt water pools also use less chlorine, which leads to a gentler and more natural swimming experience. 2. Reduce Chlorine needs with Minerals Mineral pools use dispensers that deposit additional minerals such as silver and copper into your water, which work together to keep your pool clean and help battle algae, bacteria and other contaminants. Silver has antibacterial properties and has been used to clean water since the days of the Roman empire. Copper is a known algaecide, and is used in so many of the algaecides available for pools and hot tubs, and why some pool manufacturers add it to their pool mineral systems. Using mineral systems reduces your need for chlorine by about 50%, reducing your chlorine needs and stretching out your supplies further. You will still need chlorine (or bromine if your dispenser is compatible), but your needs will be significantly reduced. Plus, minerals have added benefits: minerals make your pool’s water softer. This makes the water feel more silky and luxurious, leads to less dry and irritated skin and hair, reduces wear on your equipment. 3. Go solar Solar pool covers can be a great way to keep your pool covered. Not only will it prevent any dirt and debris from falling in, but it can also help keep your water warm. Solar pool covers absorb heat from the sunlight and are able to heat your pool by up to eight degrees. Installation is very simple, and once the cover is measured and cut to the shape of your pool it is ready for use. Pool covers can help reduce your energy costs, minimize water loss, increase heat retention, and in some cases, even decrease chemical needs. That’s a win-win for lessening your pool’s impact! A solar-powered pool heater can also be a great way to warm up your pool, making it comfortable to swim in well past swimming season. Not only that, but it helps pool owners save money on heating costs, as well. Solar-powered pool heaters use energy from the sun to pump the warm water through the system, effectively using far less energy for water heating, as compared to an electric or gas-powered system. 4. The power of plants When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide, but when plants “breathe,” or undergo photosynthesis, they do the opposite, taking in and absorbing unwanted absorb carbon dioxide and releasing clean oxygen back into the air. Plants remove toxins from air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. Plants are essential to all life on Earth. With the world cutting down so many trees, why not give back by planting some in your own backyard? Plus as an added benefit, the presence of plants has been shown to increase productivity, reduce stress and improve mood. Sounds like it’s time to build a backyard oasis with some gardening projects! Read More
How to open your pool in 7 steps Poolwerx Pointers How to open your pool in 7 steps Whether you properly closed your pool for the winter or let it go, eventually springtime returns with warmer days, and you have to get your pool swim-ready again. We put together two plans on how you can open your pool for the season: one plan with 7 steps, and one plan with one step. Read below to learn more! Step 1: Take the pool cover off your pool.   Clear off any dirt, leaves and debris on the pool cover so it will not fall in the pool, then remove your pool cover so you can access your pool. Step 2: Clean your filter if it wasn’t done in the fall.   The pool filter is a vital part of keeping your pool clean. Your filter removes small debris from the pool water to keep it clear. Because of this, your pool filter has to be cleaned regularly to make sure it doesn’t get too clogged up. Make sure not to handle your filter while the pool pump is on. Our recommendation is as follows: Clean your Media and Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters every six months, or cartridge filters at least three times per year. Have your filter regularly inspected by a professional to make sure it is running in optimal shape. To put your mind at ease, we have the perfect hands-free program called Filter Care Plus, where we will come out to inspect and service your filter throughout the year! Find out more about this program here. Step 3: De-winterize and inspect your equipment.   Take the winter plugs out of the returns and skimmers. Clean and install the drains. Clean and inspect your pool pump, heater, automated pool cleaner, and any other equipment, and reconnect anything not connected. Put all the plugs back into the equipment that had been removed when you closed your pool. Also take the time to inspect, clean and reattach other pool features such as hand rails, diving boards, and ladders. We recommend conducting an equipment assessment and safety check before you start enjoying your pool for the season, to make sure everything is safe. Plus, you don’t want your equipment to break down or a leak to come up during the summer, so better safe than sorry! Our expert technicians will make sure everything is in working order. Give us a call to book a pool health check today. Step 4: Fill your pool to the normal level.   If your pool was drained when you closed your pool, it will need to be re-filled with water. If you have water in your pool but haven’t used it in a while, you will likely find that the water level has dropped. If the water level in your pool drops below the skimmer box, you run the risk of running your pump dry and burning out. To avoid this from happening, set yourself a regular reminder to check whether your pool needs a top up. Step 5: Turn on the breakers to the equipment. Before you turn the power on, make sure the valves are in the open position. Prime the pump by filling it with water, and make sure air is purged from the plumbing. Once the water is circulating through, inspect your pool for any cracks, leaks, or damaged hoses. If you see something that looks like a crack or other damage, turn it off again and call your local Poolwerx to set up a maintenance visit. Step 6: Test your water.   A free 60 second water test will let you know what’s in your water after your pool has been out of use. The results will help you know the exact chemical dosages you need to get your pool in optimal condition. Collect a sample from about an arm’s length under the water surface. To have an accurate analysis, aim to have the water tested within a few hours. Head to your local Poolwerx store to receive your 60 second computerized water test for free. Step 7: Balance your pool.   Now that you know what is needed for your pool, stop by Poolwerx for the supplies you need. Our helpful associates would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and give recommendations. Want a no contact experience? With our curbside pick up, no need to leave your vehicle–we’ll bring your supplies right to you! We even have chemical delivery available where we can bring everything you need to your door. Read More
Poolwerx gains two entries on the exclusive AQUA 100 list Poolwerx News Poolwerx gains two entries on the exclusive AQUA 100 list Poolwerx Forest Lane, Poolwerx Union Hills and Poolwerx Beaches are among 10 US pool and spa retailers honored for industry excellence. Three Poolwerx locations have earned accolades from AQUA Magazine. Poolwerx Forest Lane in Dallas, TX, Poolwerx Union Hills in Phoenix, AZ, and Poolwerx Beaches in Jacksonville, FL are proud to announce they have been inducted into the AQUA 100, an exclusive honor bestowed to just 10 North American pool and spa retailers each year. The AQUA 100, presented by AQUA Magazine, is an industry-leading competition designed to honor excellence in pool and spa retail. In light of the adversity specialty retailers of all kinds have faced over the past decade — the rise of online shopping, the pressure of a recession and, this past year, the global pandemic — the AQUA 100 honors the diamonds of excellence that have not only survived, but thrived, proving once and for all the spirit of brick-and-mortar businesses will carry on. “To win an independently judged, national contest like the AQUA 100 is a real achievement,” says AQUA Magazine Executive Editor Scott Webb. “It is the highest honor in pool and spa retail.” “We couldn’t be prouder of our teams in Dallas, Phoenix, and Jacksonville,” said Chief Operating Officer at Poolwerx, Andrew Kidd. “As a franchise system, it’s our local partners that truly make the difference and exemplify all Poolwerx stands for; top quality pool service at a fair price from a friendly face.” The application process was rigorous, requiring entrants to provide detailed information on company history, customer service, store design, digital presence, marketing and community involvement, complete with supporting documents. Applicants were judged by an independent panel of retail experts. “As a small business owner, I pride myself on viewing customers as more than a transaction. They are my neighbors, friends, family and colleagues,” said Franchise Partner/Owner of Poolwerx Beaches, Nick McAbee. “I’m thrilled that my team and I are being recognized amongst these industry leaders for simply doing our best to serve our community.” Click here to read more at Aqua Magazine Read More
Own a pool? This tip could save you thousands. Poolwerx Pointers Own a pool? This tip could save you thousands. Did you know your pool pump could be costing you an extra $561 each year? The upfront cost of a swimming pool pump represents just 20% of the total cost of an average pump. Ongoing electricity costs making up the other 80%. These costs never go away! Your pool pump can be the largest user of electricity in your home, increasing your electric bill by up to $1,800 each year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, switching to a variable-speed pool pump can reduce pool pump energy use by 50% to 75%. For a relatively small upfront investment, you can save an average of $561 of that added electricity cost every year. That adds up to thousands saved over your pool pump’s lifetime! Why pool pumps are important A pool pump is essential to the cleanliness of your pool, performing several water circulation duties. The pool pump’s primary goal is to circulate water through the filtration system. But it has other tasks, including powering spa jets, backwashing the filter, operating a chlorinator, providing water for the pool sweeper, circulating water through the heater, initiating flow to a solar panel and pumping water to waterfalls and other water features. These occasional tasks require extra energy on top of what they need for the circulation of pool water through the filtration system. Single-speed vs variable-speed pool pumps Most single-speed pool pumps consume an excessive amount of electricity. Why? Because they are typically oversized and overused when operating the pool. By design, single-speed pumps can’t change their flow rate so they are oversized to perform the most demanding task. These pumps traditionally have a 1- or 2-horsepower motor that will run at least five to six hours per day, if not around the clock, consuming energy. A variable-speed pool pump, on the other hand, is able to program and reduce the flow rate to match the required pumping task. A single-speed pump will operate at maximum flow rate even for tasks that require minimum flow rates. In contrast, the variable speed pump can be slowed down to the optimal level. This balances flow rate needs with energy use. This means it can perform tasks just as well as the single-speed, but with significantly less energy usage, saving you money! According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, approximately two-thirds of pool pump sales are estimated to be single speed pumps, with the main factor in the decision process for those buying a new pump being the upfront cost of the unit. Pool contractors often install single speed pumps because they aren’t aware of how more advanced equipment can save on energy costs in the long run. Sometimes, they don’t know how to install these less common but more efficient pool pumps. The best way to save Poolwerx has the pool pump options to save you money and knowledgeable technicians to install it for you. Not only that, but we are now offering interest free payment plans when you buy an energy efficient pump! What are you waiting for? Time to dive into year-round savings! Find out your savings with this calculator! Read More
New Year, New Pool: How to make your pool look good as new Poolwerx Pointers New Year, New Pool: How to make your pool look good as new Do you have a New Year’s Resolution of tidying up your home, or improving the look of your pool? Poolwerx has your back with a list of tips to make your pool look good as new for the new year.   1. Look into Pool Resurfacing One thing you can do to dramatically change the look of your pool is to resurface it. Have a plaster pool? If your pool is starting to look and feel a bit rough, it’s probably time to re-plaster. Standard pool plaster can usually last anywhere from 8 to 1​2 years. After that, you likely need to re-do the plaster. Another option to give your pool a makeover is to upgrade your pool tile. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary blue glass tile with a glossy finish to complement the blue water of your pool, or possibly the more natural & earthy appearance of stone tiles, Poolwerx can meet your needs. 2. New pool coping Coping is the edge around your swimming pool wall. Today’s high end pools are treated to an upscale coping of thick natural stone. This coping can be irregular to blend nicely with flagstone decking, adapting well to the irregular edges of natural pools and integrating nicely with rocks and boulders. We also offer brick coping for people wanting a more traditional look for their pool. The key is to choose a coping material finished in a way that is most compatible with the decking material. 3. New pool decking Your pool deck is not only the backdrop for the entire pool but the immediate area around your swimming pool. This is also often called your pool patio, and is where most family members and friends spend the majority of their time lounging on lounge chairs or sitting by the pool. When deciding on what coping you want, you have many different options. Different styles include Cantilever Concrete, Bullnose, Rolled Edge, Precast Coping, Custom Stone and more. You also will need to determine what kind of material you would like. Read more about this here! 4. Patio Decor Improvements Adding a new awning or shade structure will not only add more interest to the look of your backyard, but will give you the gift of much-needed shade in the hot summer months. Ordering some new loungers, coordinating outdoor sofas, chairs, or other poolside accessories will make your pool look more inviting. 5. Add a Water Feature There are so many possibilities when it comes to swimming pool water features! Water features can tie together your indoor or outdoor environment to the surrounding landscape and really make it feel like home. The addition of features such as a spillover, fountain or waterfall will certainly class up your pool. Read More
Poolwerx Franchise Partner Selected as Pool Pro Magazine Panelist Franchising with Poolwerx Poolwerx Franchise Partner Selected as Pool Pro Magazine Panelist   We are proud to announce that Frank Disher, Franchise Partner and owner of Poolwerx North Richland Hills, has been selected as a 2021 pro panelist for Pool Pro Magazine! Pool Pro Magazine is a leading pool industry publication serving the hundreds of thousands of professionals in the swimming pool and spa industry in the U.S. and abroad. This panel was created by Pool Pro Magazine with the aim to share the opinions and expertise of knowledgeable professionals in the industry from around the U.S. Each edition of the magazine poses questions to the members of this group. Frank is known to be a leader at not just at Poolwerx, but around the industry as well. He is very opinionated and vocal in calling for higher standards in education, ethics, and professionalism for pros in the swimming pool and spa industry. In 2019, Frank and his incredible staff at Poolwerx North Richland Hills were awarded the Poolwerx Franchise of the Year award, which Poolwerx grants one U.S. location each year that demonstrates excellent performance among their peers. Click here to read more at Pool Pro Magazine Read More
5 Tips for Cold Weather Pool Maintenance Poolwerx Pointers 5 Tips for Cold Weather Pool Maintenance Cold Weather Pool Maintenance is Important… Here’s Why Pool maintenance is still important in winter The weather is getting colder… that means you can forget about maintaining the pool until next summer, right? Not quite. But if you’re not using your pool, why do you need to worry about it? A neglected pool is a prime breeding ground for harmful bacteria that could lead to outbreaks of illness. Possible complications include respiratory problems as well as gastro, skin, ear or eye infections! Your pool might look clean and clear right now, but after a few months of little or no monitoring, most likely… it won’t be. You may think that because the pool is not being used as much in cold weather, it doesn’t need as much cleaning. But unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for harmful bacteria and germs to grow. Still not sure on why cold weather pool maintenance is important? Take a look at what the CDC says on the importance of regular pool cleaning: “The best way to kill germs is by properly maintaining the free chlorine concentration and pH. To do this, pool and hot tub/spa owners must routinely test and adjust both the free chlorine concentration and pH… Combining good chlorine and pH control and encouraging swimmers to follow the healthy swimming steps will help prevent the spread of germs that cause recreational water illnesses.” It hurts your wallet, too If you decide to not test your pool, it can cost you considerably, both with your health and your wallet! After winter, once the weather starts to warm up, the results of your neglect can really add up. You can find yourself shelling out for extra chemicals and replacement parts for neglected filter and pump systems, or having to fix a pool that has turned green. The good news is that you can avoid all this by simply keeping up a regular pool maintenance schedule throughout the winter season. How to Maintain your Pool in the Winter Reduce pool pump operation time to up to 6 hours and switch timer onto an off-peak tariff. Install a pool cover to reduce evaporation, chemical usage and protect your pool from fallen leaves. Ensure chlorine levels and pH levels are in a healthy range through regular water testing and maintenance. This will make life easier when spring arrives. Thoroughly clean your skimmers, filters and pool cleaning equipment. These items can be hiding bacteria. Clear the skimmer basket and remove debris from the pool’s surface every week. Read More
How often should you test your pool water? Poolwerx Pointers How often should you test your pool water?   No one wants a green pool. It’s unsightly, unsanitary, and can be costly to fix. So how do we avoid it? The easiest way to avoid this is to make sure your pool is kept clean and the chemical levels correct. But how frequently do you need to test your pool water? As seasons change and we experience bad weather such as rain and snow storms, pool maintenance has to change with it. Read more to find out clear guidelines on how often you should check your pool water year-round to make sure your pool stays healthy and clean.   Water Testing In Cooler Months During the cooler months, we use our pools less often. The cooler weather can significantly decrease the chlorine demand your pool requires. This can lead to excessive chlorine levels which can damage blankets and pool equipment. Therefore, you should be testing your pool water’s chlorine and pH levels every two weeks. Maintaining proper water chemistry will reduce the amount of work needed when you’re ready to start swimming again. We recommend getting a free water test in store at Poolwerx every other week, which will not only test your pH and chlorine levels but also calcium hardness, salt level, stabilizer and alkalinity. If you’re facing freezing temperatures, read up on some more tips here. Water Testing In Warmer Months The weather is warming up and pool season is about to start. Yay! But before you grab your sunglasses and inner tube, you need to make sure your pool is tip-top shape after sitting unused throughout the fall and winter months. You likely need to clean your pool filter, top up your water, and check over your equipment. In addition to all this, you will need to start testing your water more.  As the summer season heats up and the pool is getting more use, it’s important to also ramp up your water testing, increasing to at least twice a week in the peak of summer. Testing should be done even more frequently if you have pets or young children regularly in your pool. Our Poolwerx team can provide you with the tools and expert advice so you can test at home anytime, using our test strips. In Bad Weather If you’ve experienced a lot of rain or storms, this can greatly affect the pH and chlorine levels of your pool. After these bouts of bad weather, you should immediately test your water to prevent an algae outbreak and a costly clean up bill. Alternatively, if you are experiencing abnormally hot weather, the water can evaporate, which can also cause the chemicals to lose their effectiveness. Again, if this is the case you need to increase your water test frequency. Free Water Testing Poolwerx provides free water testing in-store. Simply bring in your sample and we can analyze it in 60 seconds. Collect a sample about an arm’s length under the water surface and take it to your local Poolwerx within a few hours. We’ll then be able to provide you with a complete analysis of your pool water, completely FREE! Read More