A nice cool swim on a hot day can be fantastic, but there’s nothing worse than going for that swim and finding the pool a horrific green or brown mess.
Higher temperatures and an increase in swimmers can result in bacteria and algae growth, leading to a highly undesirable swimming experience and in some cases, even cause things like itching, sore eyes, infections or worse!
Here’s a few tips which will help the average Aussie pool owner keep a beautiful pool year round, and avoid costly or time consuming restoration if things get too bad.
Pool Cleaning Tips
1. Regularly skimming and vacuuming your pool is a great idea. No only will this remove leaves, sticks, dirt and other nasty things from your pool reducing the chance of algae growth, it will improve the look of your pool dramatically.
2. Clean out the skimmer basket and pump basket regularly. This will free-up the flow to the filter saving power and keeping the pool clean.
3. Broom the pool regularly including the walls and stairs. If you see your pool turning green, try brooming the walls, bottom and stairs in your pool.
4. Regularly test and maintain your water chemistry. Testing your pool is imperative to keeping it clean as even small variations in your water chemistry can spell disaster if not properly treated. Always keep your chlorine and pH accurate. Below are acceptable ranges for your water chemistry.
5. Have a regular swimming pool service by an experienced pool technician! This can be a small cost to pay to keep your pool looking beautiful all year round, and prevent very costly repair should things get neglected.
Ideally you want your swimming pool water chemistry within these ranges:
- pH: 7.4
- Chlorine: 2.5ppm
- Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
- Calcium Hardness: 180 to 270 ppm
- Stabiliser : 40 to 60 ppm
- Salt and Total Dissolve Solids: 4000 to 7000 ppm
- Phosphate: 0 to 0.2 ppm
We also recommend that you or your pool technician tests your pool water at least once a week and adjusts chemicals accordingly. Keeping a proper PH balance and good Chlorine content can keep your pool in good condition.
Algae is a very large group of living organisms that can “infect” your pool. When you have algae growing in your pool, it may be as simple as a few spots on the walls, stairs and bottom of your pool. Algae like this is quite easy to remove from your pool by using an algaecide and by completely brooming the surfaces of your pool.
Algae problems can become more serious when left untreated. Your pool may turn green, brown or even black. This can be difficult to treat, and using a simple algaecide might not work. (Although it’s worth a try.)
Serious algae problems like this may require a combination of a flocculant and vacuuming, maybe a number of times. For serious algae problems, it’s best to contact your pool technician to discuss the best method of algae treatment and prevention for your swimming pool.