We are in for a scorching summer, which means we will all be spending plenty of time in our swimming pools.
But did you know the hot weather can play havoc with your swimming pool?
Luckily Swimart have released some tips to help you keep your pool sparkling clean and hygienic in the hot months.
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“Excessive heat leads to water evaporation and more swimmers using the pool to cool down – all of which results in increased chlorine demand, which then affects pH and water balance. To save having to add more water to the pool, you can add Calcium Hardness Reducer which will ensure the calcium hardness value stays within the range for your type of pool, ” says Chris Fitzmaurice, Swimart’s Australasian manager.
“Not only that, but the weather patterns in many parts of Australia are fluctuating – which is quite normal at this time of the year – from cooler temperatures one day, hail storms the next, to humid, hot days. This can really muck up your pool chemistry, which means pool owners need to keep a close check on their pool water.”
There is also the issue of algae, which thrives in the heat.
“The best defence against algae is chlorine,” says Chris. “With ongoing hot weather, pools don’t get the chance to cool down overnight, so the chlorine demand remains high.”
Another demand on pool water is the level of phosphates in the water, as algae love phosphates and feed on them. Chlorine alone can’t eliminate phosphates so Mr Fitzmaurice recommends an Aqua~Health chemical called Starver which will eradicate the phosphates so the chlorine can work on killing the algae.
Here are Swimart’s tips to keep your pool in top condition this summer:
• Check your chlorine and pH level every two days. Pay particular attention after a period of heavy usage of the pool or after a very hot day
• Check and clean your skimmer basket and hair and lint pot in your filtration pump weekly
• To re-balance pool water, take a sample from elbow depth away from the pool returns to your local pool store to be professionally tested
• Use a quality algaecide such as Aqua~Health Concide/Metal Free Algaecide to keep algae at bay
• Operate the filtration system six to eight hours a day
• Regularly check sanitiser levels, ideally on a daily basis
• Check the Total Alkalinity (TA) weekly
• Have your pool water checked at your local pool shop every two weeks
• Thoroughly backwash your sand or DE filter or remove and clean the cartridge from your cartridge filter, depending on pool use
• Maintain the water level at least half way up to the skimmer box opening
• Clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor of the pool regularly
Find out more here: http://www.swimart.com.au/