Summer is here, and as things heat up there are few things more refreshing than cooling down in your pool. With constant shifts in weather and humidity, such as we have been experiencing lately, a little extra `TLC’ is needed to keep your pool in top condition so that it is always ready for inspections or you to enjoy.
Algae blooms in the heat and chlorine is the best defence against algae.
If you have a salt pool, you can use the `super chlorinate’ button on your salt chlorinator to fix the problem.
The safest approach is to take a pool water sample from below elbow depth to your local pool store to be checked for balance and sanitisation.
Another demand on pool water is the level of phosphates in the water, as algae love phosphates and feed on them. Phosphates are introduced to the pool primarily via bird and bat droppings, along with roof water added into the pool and swimming costumes washed in detergent containing phosphates.
Chlorine alone can’t eliminate phosphates, however a chemical called Phosphate Starver will eradicate the phosphates so the chlorine can work on killing the algae.
Your local pool store will also be able to advise on PH levels – if the PH is too high, you can get scaling on the surface of your pool and salt chlorinator. This can be addressed by adding acid to the water. If too low, the water will start to hurt eyes and skin and make you feel itchy, along with etching away the surface of the pool. Adding `buffer’ or alkali can fix this.
Other top tips for a healthy pool include:
- If the pool is particularly dirty, increase the hours of filter operation until the pool is clear. The time is dependent on the size of the pool.
- In times of heavy rainfall, add more algaecides, as these can be diluted by the extra fresh rainwater.
- If you have a saltwater pool, increase the amount of salt, this makes the pool saline and create a natural chlorination. Add chlorine only when the water gets really dirty.
- Use times of high rainfall as a good opportunity to backwash the pool.
- Check and empty the skimmer basket and the hair and lint filter located in front of the pump to ensure they are clear of debris, as they can tear when they get too full.
Source : Quartile Property Network (18 November 2011)