It’s no surprise that in Phoenix’s hot desert climate, 30 percent of single-family households have pools, according to the City of Phoenix. In fact, Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for construction of in-ground pools, according to The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP).
If you own a pool, it’s important to keep it clean, sanitary and free of algae, which means regularly adding chemicals and scrubbing off dirt and debris. Homeowners can either do it themselves or hire a service company, which charges an average of $100 a month, says Kevin Woodhurst, president of Precision Aquascapes in Phoenix. A pool professional can also inspect for leaks and resurfacing problems such as pitting, cracking, gouging or peeling plaster.
One way to choose a reliable professional is by contacting the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Woodhurst says. You can then check the company’s record at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central, Northern and Western Arizona.
If you prefer to save money and do it yourself, you should get familiar with your pool equipment, says Bill Moore of Moore’s Pool Service in Scottsdale. Learn, for instance, whether you have a sand, D.E. (diatomaceous earth) or cartridge filter, he says. You can either search online for information, or pay a pool technician for his or her expertise, he says.
Whatever you decide, follow these pool-care tips:
Follow these pool-care tips for a clean and sparkling pool all summer long.