Seasons Magazine February 2018

How to avoid pool problems in hot weather

In this article we discuss and explain the steps to take to ensure your pool stays clear and sparkling during the hotter days of Summer, and doesn’t allow algae to take hold and turn it green!!

Wow!   We are actually having Summer this year and the higher than typical temperatures are continuing.  This hot weather can create problems for swimming pool owners, especially if a routine swimming pool maintenance program is not followed. Remember when it’s hot the pool gets a hammering and bathers add sweat, sunscreen and oils. This can turn your beautiful sparkling pool to hazy in no time.

Here’s a few pointers to keep your pool water sparkling:
  • At least once a week test your chlorine and pH levels and adjust them accordingly. Chlorine is far more effective if the pH is kept in the okay range of 7.4-7.6. and keeping your chlorine level at 2. Use more chlorine when it is hotter!
  • If using a tablet feeder or putting tablets in your skimmer basket/s keep a close eye on these and top up as required.
  • Adding Stabiliser (Cyanuric Acid) to the water acts as a sunscreen helping to hold the chlorine in the water longer. A must for salt water pools.
  • If your pool has had a hammering then doing a shock treatment in the evening will help to break down bather waste. We recommend using Bioguard Lite that oxides the water, brings back the sparkle and bathers can swim within an hour of treatment. (Not suited to all pools.  Please ask what is best for your pool.)
  • Once a week give your pool sides a good brush to remove any biofilm build up that could lead to turning your pool when the conditions are right.  Ideal time is in the evening and before doing a shock treatment.
  • Hedgehogs falling into pools is quite common this time of year and if they perish then a shock treatment of chlorine is required.
  • Bring a sample into our stores once a month for a comprehensive water test and recommendations to keep your pool ready for use.  Bring in a sample sooner if you have a problem.
Pool equipment:

Having pool equipment that is operating properly is also very important when the weather is hot.  Following are a few pointers concerning pool equipment from our service technicians:

  • Be sure that your pool pump is operating at least 10-12 hours per day.  Circulation and filtration is key.
  • If you have a salt system, be sure that it is turned up to the level that is needed.   Although all pools are different, we recommend that most salt systems be set to run at least 80%, if not 100%, during this hot weather’ with your pump running as above. You only produce chlorine when your pump is running.
  • Be sure to keep your filter backwashed (or cleaned) regularly.
  • If you notice that something is not operating properly give us a call.

Try to think ahead about what is coming up in the week ahead.  Are you having a pool party?  Do you have a dog that swims?( this is equivalent to 50 people in your pool).  Is it forecast to rain?  Asking questions like this can help you to adjust your routine so that the pool stays clear and beautiful, and you avoid cloudy water or algae turning your pool green very quickly.