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5 Simple Steps to Keep Your Florida Pool Clean and Healthy During Summer

With Florida Summer upon us, it’s time to start taking care of your pool now more than ever.

The harsh Florida environment can impact the health and longevity of your pool, so it’s important to protect your pool now so you don’t run into problems later on.

Factors like intense heat and sub-tropical storms can lead to problems that may go undetected until months down the road.

Most people don’t even realize there's a problem until it’s too late.

Don’t let this be you. Keep reading to discover 5 simple steps to keep your pool clean and healthy this summer.

#1. Clear Debris From Your Pool

Florida summer storms can blow debris straight into your pool: palm fronds, animals and more. This creates a less than desirable swimming situation. Plus, it exposes your water to allergens, dirt, and disease.

Use a net to remove bugs, leaves and other debris from your pool so you can fully enjoy it without swimming into trouble.

#2. Test Your Pool pH Levels

One sure-fire way to keep your pool water clear and swim-worthy is to add a healthy amount of chlorine every so often. But too much chlorine can cause problems. Refer to your pool professional for help with this.

You can bring a sample of water to your trusted pool technician, or you can have them visit your home. After analyzing your chlorine and mineral levels, your pool tech will determine how to find the right balance for your pool.

If you decide to DIY, remember that the recommended Chlorine Levels are 3-5ppm. If you can smell chlorine, your levels are probably too high.

#3. Make Sure Your Pool Filter Is Clean

Don’t forget to check your pool filter for built up debris. While it’s not super common, your filter can get clogged, which will prevent water from circulating throughout your pool.

As a rule of thumb, you should replace your pool filter every 1 to 2 years, or sooner if your pool is regularly in contact with chemicals like sunscreen. If you have any questions, contact your trusted pool professional to help you.

#4. Remove the Skimmer Plug

If you’re a seasonal Florida resident and you turned your pool off before heading north, you’ll want to make sure you remove your skimmer plug before turning it back on. A skimmer plug is used to protect your pool equipment from the elements while you’re away.

If you don’t remove this plug before starting your pool, water won’t move through your pool filter, causing the whole system to malfunction.

If you’re not sure how to do this, call us now at 239-574-4499, and we’ll guide you through it.

#5. Check Your Water Levels

With the extreme summer heat, your pool water is subject to evaporation. In fact, a Florida swimming pool loses an average of a quarter-inch of water on a daily basis.

If your pool loses too much water, your pump won’t get the water it needs to function properly. This can cause your pool pump to stop working, or worse, break down for good.

At Pumps Plus, this is one of the most common problems we see. And most of the time, people don’t realize there’s a problem until it’s already too late.

Don’t let your pump run dry. Prevent this from happening to you by topping off your water with a garden hose every so often.

Protect Your Pool With Pumps Plus

Do you want to make sure your pool stays in great shape this summer?

Trust your pool with Pumps Plus, the leading service provider for pool pumps and electric motors in Southwest Florida.

At Pumps Plus, we always put our customers first, which is why we’ve been in business for 30+ years. Our customers love us because we’re honest, reliable, knowledgeable, and hard-working.

If you have questions about your pool or need help troubleshooting a problem, stop by our shop or call us now at 239-574-4499.

Pumps Plus is conveniently located 958 Country Club Blvd. in Cape Coral, Florida.

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