Diving into the pool on a hot, sunny day can be a treat if the pool water is clean, clear, and cool. When chlorine levels dip, you may be diving into green, cloudy pool water which is not only uninviting, but also unhealthy. At Anchor Pools & Spas, we recognize the affect heat has on your pool chemistry. We help you keep your chemicals at the right level, so your pool is free of bacteria and algae, always ready for that refreshing dip.
Heat Affects Chlorine Levels
Heat affects the breakdown of chlorine. In addition, bacteria proliferate in warm water. If you do not test your pool water frequently, preferably every day in warm weather, you will not have the clear, clean water you desire. According to Sciencing,com for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit above 80 degrees the pool water is, twice as much chlorine is needed to maintain the free chlorine at the proper level.
Sunlight Affects Pool Chlorine Levels
There are different types of chlorine, but the main chlorine level that is affected by sunlight and heat is free chlorine. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can reduce the chlorine level in your pool by about 90 percent in just two hours. The chlorine gas is released into the atmosphere, meaning that the chlorine levels of your pool water need to be checked and replenished at least daily. Using chemical stabilizers helps to prevent the loss of chlorine. If the chlorine level falls below one part per million, the pool is not safe to swim in.
The warmer the weather gets, the warmer your pool gets. This creates another problem since warm water is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. This is another reason that you must check your chemicals daily to be sure the bacteria are killed and algae growth prevented.
Add Cyanuric Acid to Your Backyard Swimming Pool
Cyanuric acid reacts with free chlorine to stabilize it and prevent it from being destroyed by the ultraviolet rays. The downside is that too much cyanuric acid reduces the effectiveness of the chlorine. That means you must also check the cyanuric acid daily level. The ideal level is 25 to 50 ppm. If the level rises to over 100 ppm, some water must be released from the pool and fresh water added.
Contact Anchor Pools & Spas for all your pool maintenance needs. One of our highly trained service experts will assist you.