Turn your pool from green to clean
Being ‘green’ may be all the rage, but green swimming pools will never be in fashion. It’s a common problem in the lead up to the warmer months, but with a little TLC it can be rectified.
"Coming into spring, our pool technicians often report they are treating pools that have turned green over the cold, winter months," says Chris Fitzmaurice, Swimart Australasian manager.
"It's tempting to put your pool into hibernation mode during winter, but that can result in untold problems. When the weather warms up and the sun hits the pool water, it reacts with the algae, which can quickly bloom out of control.
"A poorly maintained swimming pool can harbour a range of microbes including algae and bacteria, which can result in health problems such as ear, nose and throat infections. But don't panic! Pool algae is very easy to kill and control."
Heavy rain - which often occurs in winter - dilutes pool chemicals, especially salt and chlorine, which makes the pool turn green. So the first step is to take a pool water sample into Swimart in order to check the health of your pool. This indicates whether you need to adjust the pH, calcium and total alkaline levels. Swimart provides an excellent, free-of-charge service where your sample is analysed in a computerised system for an exact reading.
Of course, if you're not sure how to do these things, or would simply prefer to get someone else to do it, you can arrange for a Swimart professional pool technician to come and do it all for you.