Pools can seemingly turn green overnight, but believe it or not, algae has been present in the pool for a while. Algae starts life off as a transparent growth. It is invisible to the naked eye but you can usually tell by feeling a slippery and slimey surface. When the water becomes green, algae has a very strong foothold on surviving in your pool. Algae growth can also be accelerated by the presence of nitrogen found during heavy rain storms or lightning storms. Overnight greenness is usually a coincidence or perhaps the water hasn’t been consciously noticed for a day or two. It’s OK, we can help with the treatment of algae, let us know how bad it is with a photo of the pool.
When should I test my water? Your pool or spa water should be tested every week. It can be reduced in spring and autumn and winter to a 2 week frequency. For a spa, you should do a sample every week especially if it is continued to be used even through winter. The most important thing is keeping it regular.
The chlorinator generates a very low voltage current passing through plates known as the electrode. This creates electrolysis; salt and water break up into hydrogen gas and hypochlorous acid. The hydrogen gas simply leaves the swimming pool water in the form of small bubbles. The hypochlorous acid sanitises the swimming pool. In essence, a salt chlorinator creates chlorine. The pH on this production is extremely high and salt pool owners usually require high amounts of pH reducing products to balance the outcome. This is also how Liquid Chlorine is created.
It depends on your own individual pool and it’s equipment. It is best practice to circulate your pool’s water volume twice a day for residential pools and twice again for commercial pools (x4). For residential pools, it is best practice to run your pool for 8 hours a day. It is also best practice to split this up evenly into 2 cycles per day. 6am to 10am and again in PM works very well for summer time and summer time usage. When the year starts to get into the cooler months, the filtration can be reduced down to 6 hours per day for Autumn and Spring. Winter time can allow you to reduce your running times to 4 hours a day. However, the water quality must be maintained and running times may need to be re-increased depending on weather conditions.
Keeping the surrounding area clear of leaf litter and your gardens tidy can go a long way with pool maintenance. There are products today designed to make your everyday life easier. Whether this be a smart phone, iPad, or maybe a more efficient vehicle. Pools are no exception either. More efficient pool pumps can move more water around with less effort, thus cleaning your pool better. The Dolphin Robotic Cleaners can also reduce your maintenance procedure and cut down on filtration running times as well. If you would like to sign up for one of our maintenance schedules, it is a great way to create more time for yourself.
There can be a lot of reasons why a pool turns green. Algae can form when conditions for growth are optimised. A high pH, a low chlorine level, lack of circulation and lack of filtration are just a few issues that people can find being the cause of algae growth. Ensuring that your filter is in good health, and running the correct amount of time each day can aid in the prevention of algae. Keeping an eye on pH and chlorine levels will also aid in prevention. An Algae preventative Algaecide is also recommended to ensure that algae growth is kept in control.