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Summer Pool Maintenance

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This Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies video will show you summer pool maintenance tips – when you are swimming in your pool more frequently.

  • You will need to shock your pool more frequently in the summer
  • Have a regular cleaning routine
  • Run your pump one hour for every ten degrees of outside temperature
  • Test your water often

Video transcription:

Hi, I'm Peter with Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies and this video will show you how to maintain your pool during the swimming season. Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your pool clean, safe and ready to enjoy during the hottest months of the year.

Summer storms, trees blooming and more swimmers can add extra dirt and debris to your pool. Make sure you keep your pool clean by brushing the walls and steps each week. Use a skimmer net to remove debris that is floating on the surface and a larger leaf net to remove debris that has sunk to the bottom of the pool.

This can also be done with a vacuum and hose or an automatic pool cleaner. You should regularly empty the basket in your skimmer and the basket in your pool pump. The pool pump and filter should run longer hours during the summer months. The extra circulation and filtration keeps dirt and debris out of the water. Leslie's recommend you run your pool pump 1 hour for every 10 degrees of outside temperature.

You'll also need more sanitizer like chlorine during the summer months because of the higher temperatures, longer hours of sunlight and more people in the pool. Make sure your pool has a constant regular flow of chlorine into the water, either through salt system that generates chlorine or a floating chlorinator. You may also need to add larger doses of chlorine, this is called shocking or super chlorination.

Granular shock products are quick dissolving and provided an immediate boost to your pool’s chlorine levels. Leslie's Power Powder Plus is an excellent shock product you can use in your pool. We suggest shocking your pool whenever chlorine levels are low, whenever you're fighting pool problems like algae. You should wait until chlorine levels return to 1 to 3 parts-per-million before getting back in the pool.

In addition to testing your water twice a week at home bring a sample to your local Leslies store every two weeks for Free 10-Point Leslie's AccuBlue® Water Test and analysis. Our trained team members will conduct a complete analysis of your water and give you step-by-step instructions on how to fix any pool problems and how to maintain your pool’s water chemistry.

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