Summer is upon us with a vengeance and we’re all looking forward to those long, warm days and equally warm evenings in our swimming pool.
However, as you well know, summer pool care differs from winter care in many ways, not least of which is the fact that we tend to spend far more time in maintenance mode.
The reason for this is simple: algae loves warm weather and warm water.
Simplifying summer pool care
To prevent those persistent little critters from taking up residence in your pool we’d like to offer a few simple tips:
Many pool owners will find that they will have to run their pool pump longer in the summer months, perhaps 8 – 12 hours per day. Keeping the chemicals in circulation and the water running through the filter is key to staying on top of a potential algae situation.
To make certain that there are no slow spots or hidey holes for algae to take root, regular brushing is a must. There are very few swimming pool pumps and vacuums that reach every inch of your pool wall and floor, which makes regular brushing important.
High winds, storms, and the sudden surge in plant growth tend to cause a lot of debris in the water. Your pool filters will need to be cleaned out more regularly, therefore, so as not to become blocked. A short weekly backwash wouldn’t go amiss either.
Increased activity in your pool, additional bacteria from bodies and floaties, as well as good old algae, force your chemicals to work much harder. You will no doubt find that you need to test and treat your water weekly during warmer weather to maintain the optimum balance.
Swimming pools can be your best friend and simultaneously, a big headache. If you need help with any of the above, please call one of our team who can help you with advice – or even suggest a pool maintenance contract to keep it all under control.