If you’re like most people, you’ve spent a lot of time and money on your pool. With the summer heat bearing down, it’s important to make sure your pool is in tip-top shape for maximum enjoyment! Many different things can happen to your pool throughout the summer that can help or harm its long-term health. These things include weather, chemicals, algae, and mosquitoes.
Keeping Your Pool Clear
One key to keeping your pool looking great all summer long is keeping it clear. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours scrubbing your pool – there are several different products available that can help.
You can use a pool vacuum to remove dirt and other particles from the surface, or you can use a clarifier if it’s been cloudy for some time. If algae have taken over your pool, you’ll want to use an algaecide which should solve the problem in just two days!
Keep Away Algae
Algae is a common occurrence in pools and if left unchecked, it will grow to cover the entire surface of your pool. This can be unsightly and harmful to your pool as algae deplete the chlorine in your water, making it more difficult for you to kill bacteria. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep algae at bay. First, make sure that you’re keeping up with your weekly maintenance.
This should include vacuuming your Pool once a week, adding two ounces of shock treatment weekly, and topping off the level of chlorine in your pool. If you notice that algae are growing on the walls or furniture around the pool, scrub it off with a brush or net before using a bleach solution to clean it.
It’s important to take care of these issues before they get out of control; otherwise, you might have to drain your entire pool and start from scratch!
Protect From Weather
One of the biggest factors in your pool’s health is the weather. Hot days mean more water evaporation, which means you’re going to need to top up and balance your water more often. If it rains, use a pool cover to protect from rainwater. The rain will wash away any harmful chemicals you have put on the surface of the water and make them ineffective.
If there’s a chance of thunderstorms, leave your cover on! It will protect your investment from lighting in addition to the rain.Every year, pools are hit with algae due to high levels of natural phosphorus or low levels of chlorine. Algae can be tough to remove and makes your pool look less than desirable. Different types of algae live in pools and each presents its own set of challenges to removing it.
To avoid having algae, you should start by measuring how much chlorine is in your pool. Using too little chlorine can lead to an overgrowth of algae, which may not be visible right away but will manifest as green slime on surfaces like the bottom and sides of your pool liner or the floor tile grout lines around your steps.
This green slime is typically algae, but it may also indicate a problem with pH levels (pH levels should be between 7-8).