How Quickly Can Algae Grow in Your Pool?

When you pool water has already turned green or there is algae slime on your pool walls, you know you have a chemical balance problem. Your pool needs a thorough cleaning and a balancing of the chemicals to get the algae growth under control. While it may seem like it could take a week or more for algae to take over your pool, it can happen quicker than you think.

Algae Grow Fast in Warm Water

It does not take weeks, or even days, for algae to begin multiplying in warm water. If the chlorine levels get too low in your pool, algae can begin flourishing in less than 24 hours. This means if you have not looked at your pool under the cover or checked the chemical balance in a few days, algae could already be multiplying at a high rate. While algae are not dangerous, they are unappealing and can allow bacteria growth that can be harmful to humans. It is best to keep algae growth under control to keep your pool clear, clean and healthy.

If you notice a green haze in your water from algae growth, you may need to shock your pool and run the pump for several hours afterward. This will help filter the water completely to remove all algae and ensure the chemicals are completely distributed through the pool.

For those with ongoing algae issues, it may be worth investing in a pool service to keep your chemical balance maintained. A professional pool service can evaluate your system and ensure your pool water is kept balanced to keep those nasty algae from growing in your pool.

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Somar Pool Service & Repairs
4581 Weston Road
Weston, FL 33331
(954) 840-8544

Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

If you do not use your pool during the winter months, it is best to winterize and cover it to keep it in good condition. Taking the time to clean and close it up will make it easier to get it started up again in the spring. Here are a few basics to close-up your pool and get it ready for winter.

  • Clean pool and lower water level. Clean the pool, skimmers and filters thoroughly. Drain pool below the skimmer level. Use an air compressor to blow out all the water from the pool equipment and lines through the skimmer. Remove all drain plugs and add antifreeze if appropriate for your area.
  • Remove all pool toys and safety equipment. Before you start preparing your pool for winter, pull out all the toys, floats, ladders and other equipment and put it away in your storage area. You don’t want anything that will make it difficult to seal and cover the pool.
  • Treat your pool water. Shocking your pool and adding winterizing chemicals can prevent algae growth and make it easier to clean your pool in the spring.
  • Install your winter cover. Covering your pool with a winter cover will keep out debris and help keep it sealed to prevent algae growth. You may want to add a leaf net if not all the leaves have fallen so you can remove them easily off your cover.

Winterizing your pool can keep it safe and prevent damage during the winter. You can save time and make sure your pool is ready for winter by calling your local pool company for a winterizing service.

Posted on behalf of:
Somar Pool Service & Repairs
4581 Weston Road
Weston, FL 33331
(954) 840-8544

Why Do I Need to Shock My Pool?

Many people don’t understand why they need to shock their pool. The answer is two words: combined chlorine. When you get in your pool, you usually have suntan oil or lotion on and maybe even cosmetics, hair spray, etc. Alternatively, sometimes swimmers urinate in the pool water. All of these contaminants react with the pool’s chlorine to create combined chlorine, which ultimately contaminates the pool water and reduces the chemicals efficiency.

Combined chlorine works as a disinfectant, but a poor one, and can cause both skin and eye irritations as well as a very unpleasant odor from the chlorine in the pool water. More often than not, this odor is often confused with there being too much chlorine in the water.

In order to destroy combined chlorine in the water, it is vital that a pool owner shock their pool on a regularly basis. This is so important because with combined chlorine elements in the pool, the water is inefficient; however, when these elements are destroyed, the water is back to maximum efficiency.

A shock treatment for your pool could include adding large quantity of chlorine in the water, which is often known as superchlorination, or by adding a non-chlorine, store-bought shock. If you aren’t sure how to shock your pool, ask your pool service to show you how or you can simply have them do it for you. If you notice anything odd about your pool and aren’t sure what to do about it, call a pool service to come out and check out the problem. It’s better to spend money calling someone out than letting your pool get dirty and ultimately damage the interior of the pool as well as its mechanical parts.