Memorial Day is just around the corner, and for many of us, it’s kickoff day for swimming pool season.
If you’re getting ready to open your swimming pool, the first thing you’ll need to do is have your water tested, notes Dean Freil, of Ace Hardware of Dixon, Illinois.
“People are starting to to trickle in already,” says Freil. “We test pool water at no charge. High-tech machinery helps with the situation. They can bring in a water sample and let us know what size pool they have and how many gallons it holds, so we can assess their water and tell them what they need. We always stress don’t be in a hurry and try to adjust your water without checking it first because you might be spending money on chemicals you might not need this early in the year.
One of the most common pool problems is algae, typically caused by leaves that have gotten into the pool over the winter. “The main problem is ph and balancing your alkalinity,” says Freil. “They recommended running a pool pump at least 12 hours a day. Some people run them 24 hours but that’s not necessary.”
If you’re new to pool ownership several members of Ace’s team, who have been around pools and spas for a long time, can help.
“We also have sources that if somebody has a unique problem that we haven’t run across before, we can seek their advice,” adds Freil. “Some of our reps have been in the business 25 or 30 years and they know pools inside and out.”
Ace has two complete pool lines and spa lines. “We do a lot of hot tubs, too,” Freil says. In addition to chlorine, algaecides, Ace sells replacement parts and pumps, as well as hoses, nets, skimmer heads and pumps.
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