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Warm water can lower pool water qual­ity, so reg­u­lar main­te­nance over the sum­mer months is im­por­tant.

”Heat, hu­mid­ity and long hours of sun­shine can help al­gae grow, which com­pro­mises your pool water’s qual­ity and look,” says Swimart pool and spa care ex­pert Rick Gra­ham.

“The best de­fence against al­gae is chlo­rine. With on­go­ing hot weather, pools don’t get the chance to cool down overnight, so the chlo­rine de­mand re­mains high.”

Rick ad­vises you should check your pool’s chlo­rine and pH level ev­ery two days, es­pe­cially af­ter a pe­riod of heavy us­age and af­ter a par­tic­u­larly hot day or pe­riod of solid rain.

“Also, reg­u­larly clean out the skim­mer bas­ket and hair and lint pot in your fil­tra­tion pump weekly and op­er­ate the fil­tra­tion sys­tem for six to eight hours a day,” he says.

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