Say goodbye to blue and hello to green, black, yellow. Those are all of the colors your pool can turn if you don't keep up with the chemicals and other maintenance. Click through the photos for tips on what you should be doing to your pool as we head into summer.
Keeping your pool clear is much easier if you start strong, instead of trying to catch up later. It starts with the vacuum. "You should turn your water over twice a day, typically that means you should run your motor 12-14 hours a day," said Buddy Andrews with Blue Water Pool Chemical Company. Running it overnight from around 9 pm until 9 am is best for energy consumption.
Empty the baskets consistently. Check them a couple of times a week, especially after a big storm to clear the debris out.
The right chemicals are crucial. Pool floaters should always have 2-4 chlorine tablets. Andrews said you should test chemical levels often. You can buy the testing drops at your local pool store.
If you do see green it could be the beginning of a bigger issue, but don't panic. Brushing the walls and changing the checmicals should get the pool back. You should take your readings at least once a week and then the instructions will tell you what to do. Or you can hire a pool cleaning company to maintain it.
Drain your pool every 18 months to 2 years. The minerals build up and don't go away making the water hard. Empty it and refill it. Doing all of these steps will keep your pool bluse and your family happy as the Valley weather heats up!