For those of you with your own pool in the Atlanta Metro area, you may be seeing the telltale signs of summer algae accumulating in your gleaming blue waters. To prep you for the late summer pool cleaning you’ll be doing, here are some tips to help.
Water is measured for its acidic qualities on a pH scale. The more acidic water is, the more likely algae is to develop and contaminate the water. A solid pH rating is in the 7.2 to 7.6 range and if you can keep your pH level in this range, with lower numbers being more acidic, you should be able to maintain a clean, clear body of water for swimming and relaxing.
Chlorine is the primary chemical agent used to kill algae and prevent the degeneration of your water quality. As helpful as this little chemical is in cleaning your Atlanta pool, it can also be highly toxic. We recommend keeping your chlorine levels at 1 to 3 parts per million for best health and safety.
Brushing and Scrubbing
Unfortunately we can’t rely solely on the magic of chemicals to keep the pool water clean and clear. It is important to brush the lining of your pool at least once per week to dislodge any algae colonies beginning to take hold on the surface. Wire brushes are ideal for concrete pools but if yours has vinyl lining, you’ll want to use a soft brush to wipe it clean.
Mind the Filter
The backup cleaning system that runs on your pool all the time is the filtration system. It’s important to check your pool filter daily to clear any bugs, leaves, or other debris that could prevent the filtration system from functioning properly.
While maintenance and pool cleaning Atlanta pools may seem tiresome and complicated, it’s a necessity for any pool owner. Call Nautix if you’d rather leave the cleaning to professionals. As always, enjoy your pool this summer!