Summer heat and humidity levels mean swimming pools are used more often and there may be an increased number of people jumping in. Sunlight and the number of people in the pool will have an effect on maintenance requirements. Of particular concern is algae growth, but there are measures that individuals can take to keep algae at bay between regular maintenance.
Algae spores are continually being brought into the pool environment via multiple methods. The spores enter through wind and rain, dirt and dust, and even on the bodies of swimmers and their swimsuits. Nothing can completely prevent algae spores from entering the water, but using a pool cover will certainly aid in minimizing contamination.
Stagnant, unmoving water is a prime breeding ground for algae growth. Increasing the use of filters will help move the water and filter out more debris. An increase in electric costs for additional filtering is worth the cost of trying to treat and eradicate an algae bloom in the pool. Increasing pool usage will also stir up pool water and bring contaminants closer to the surface where they can be removed by the filters.
Owners can help mitigate the potential for an algae bloom in their pool by closely monitoring chemical levels. Some people find it helpful to shock the pool at least once a week, particularly during the hottest part of the summer. However, doing so will necessitate knowledge of the use of other chemicals in conjunction with the shock treatment.
Keeping the pool clean is a vital step in minimizing algae. Establish a weekly brushing and vacuuming routine. It prevents spores from hiding in crevasses and stirs up the water for better filtering. Professional pool service is worth the expense to keep pools clean, prevent algae, and maintain the proper chemical levels.
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