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Protecting Your Pool and Spa In Drought Conditions

June 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 172

Here are some tips that will help prevent your pool and spa, deck and equipment from damage that is commonly caused by drought conditions. When in drought conditions, please be mindful of the following preventive steps:

Water Level

Water evaporation will occur quickly under hot, drought conditions. Try and keep the water level at the bottom of the drainage grate. Low water levels can damage equipment.

Pool Deck

Although the deck is reinforced with sand and steel rebar, severe drought conditions are tough on pool decks due to soil contraction. This can cause movement, cracking or shifting similar to what occurs with house foundations.

  • Keep consistent soil conditions around your pool. Avoid extremely dry or wet soil around the pool and decking.
  • Water the yard around the pool and deck (within level 2 water restriction mandates) to keep the soil and pool deck from separating. Hand watering or using drip hoses will help keep a consistent moisture level.
  • Do not allow drainage to pond near pool deck (too much water).

Expansion Joints & Deck-O-Seal

Periodically check expansion joints to see if there is damage to the Deck-O-Seal. If there is any damage or separation between the deck and the pool, it should be addressed.

It's next to impossible to completely avoid some movement, even under normal conditions. As we all know, the Dallas, Texas summer can be anything BUT normal. So, it's important to keep consistent soil moisture content around your pool during these extraordinary conditions and within district imposed mandates.

Seasonal Checklist - Secrets of Success

The following is a recap of what should be done to keep your pool running in optimum condition. Following these recommendations will save time and service costs if done correctly and on a timely basis. Keep in mind you can easily avoid potential damage and repair costs caused primarily by 1) incorrect water level and 2) dirty filters and baskets.

Twice a week:

  • Check and clean skimmer baskets.
  • Check and clean pump baskets.
  • Add water.
  • Check and adjust chemical levels
  • Add sequestering agent for stain prevention.
  • Brush off steps and seats.
  • Check for air in filter.
  • Check filter pressure.
  • Clean cleaner bag
  • Check equipment pad for wet spots.

Every 4 to 6 Weeks:

  • Backwash filter whether it appears to need it or not.
  • Clean calcium deposits and scum off the tiles and spillway.

Every 3 months:

  • Clean and lubricate pump O-rings.
  • Clean and lubricate chlorinator O-rings.

Seasonal (6 months) Summer:

  • Summerization (tear down and clean filter elements).
  • Lubricate valves and O-rings.
  • Adjust clock settings.
  • Check other equipment for proper operation.

Hauk Custom Pools is a Dallas pool builder designing quality backyard environments in Frisco, McKinney, Allen and Prosper Texas.

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