|Santa Monica Pool Cleaning Tips
Proper pool and spa care requires careful water chemistry all year round, and you can achieve this with a basic test kit. We recommend the Taylor or Guardex tester that includes discrete analysis of pH, Total Alkalinity, Calc-Magnesium Hardness, and Cyanuric Acid. These values, including temperature, add up to a complex equation dubbed the Langlier Index - which produce a factor that indicates if your swimming pool is in a precipitating condition or a corrosive one. This index forecasts accelerated discoloration of the plaster surface and other staining. If the water is aggressive due to its acidic state, copper sulfate can strip away from the plumbing and other metal fittings, causing metallic staining as well as potential leaks. Though pools will discolor over time, proper service will lengthen the life of the structure and provide a friendlier swimming environment. For residents of Santa Monica, pool cleaning is usually left to a pro; however, there are still many who take a special pride in doing the work themselves. These clients utilize our advice and input daily on the challenges with water management. When raising or lowering parameters by adding a chemical, always make small adjustments and submit your water to frequent analysis. As well, be sure to empty the strainers in the pump and the skimmer, run the timer for a minimum of four hours in the winter, and be sure to regularly brush the surface and vacuum as needed. All this will add up to clean and healthy fun when you jump in for a refreshing swim. For more demanding needs, you can always hire our competent team of pool techs to perform weekly or periodic maintenance. We currently do this for many clients in our beach city.