You may have settled on a good routine for caring for your backyard swimming pool, so it is always ready for friends and family to take a dip. But hot weather presents a challenge. Chemicals may need adjusting and algae loves to grow and flourish in hot weather. At Anchor Pools & Spas, we have suggestions for what to specifically prepare for as hot summer days increase.
Chemical Imbalances: Cloudy Water
The ideal pH of pool water is 7.2-7.6. As the pH increases, the chlorine in the water becomes less effective, resulting in the water getting cloudy. Test the water and based on the results, treat the water according to recommendations. You can also take a sample of the water to Anchor Pools & Spas at our store in Easley. We will test the water for you and give you some recommendations for what to do next and how much chlorine your pool may need.
Algae growth is generally due to low chlorine (sanitizer) levels. Using a weekly algaecide helps prevent the growth of algae, but once algae starts to grow, you must get rid of it. There are three main types of algae pool owners commonly find:
· Green algae which seems to stay on the surface of the pool water.
· Yellow algae which is found most commonly in the low flow areas of the pool.
· Black algae which is the most difficult to remove since it forms a root system.
Although treatment varies with the type of algae, treatment in general consists of:
· Brushing the pool to get rid of algae you can see.
· Increasing the level of the sanitizer.
· Using an algaecide.
· Running the pump 24 hours a day during the summer.
One way to keep your pool water clear and properly chemically balanced is to consult with one of our highly trained service technicians at Anchor Pools & Spas. Among other services, we also provide weekly pool maintenance services. Contact us for more information and for help on clearing your cloudy water and ridding your pool of the algae growth. We want to assist you in keeping your backyard pool always ready for that refreshing swim.