Category: Eco-Friendly Future Written by Alison Pearson Views: 919
Rainy seasons are inevitable. They are felt when you own a pool as the next morning you will be greeted by a green swamp in a pool that you used to bathe in. The green that infests itself in the water is usually due to debris, rain, and wind. And what is not widely known is that there are multiple types of algae.
The most known one is green, but there are also brown, red, yellow-green, golden-brown, fire, and Euglenoid algae that are all distinct and can manifest in your pool. All of these algae pose some kind of danger to your health, and we will discuss some ways of minimizing the potential harm that can happen to your pool during the rainy season.
Maintain Water Circulation and Filters
This one is more universal to prevent algae and bacteria from amassing in the pool. You should be pumping the pool for about 8 to 12 hours a day, this will be a bit more costly, but it's imperative to preserve the balance of the water. Circulation allows the chemicals to be spread out relatively evenly throughout the pool. When the rain has gone and made the damage, you will want to use your filters to clean up the mess. There will be a lot more algae built up as a result of the rain.
Shock the Pool Water Weekly
Shocking the pool water raises the chlorine levels of the water. It is used to eradicate any spores, algae, or bacteria that are in the pool. The best time to shock the water is during dusk or the evening. This is because the sun will burn it off too quickly if done during the day.
While most of the time bacteria that are present as a result of rain is algae, this doesn't mean that you should automatically treat it all as algae. When your pool looks like a swamp from the Amazon, be certain that there is more than just algae. Bacteria thrive in these conditions, so it isn't out of the ordinary for there to be unknown bacteria growing in your pool. The green colour will be due to the algae, but the rest is up for debate. For example, it wouldn't be wildly unexpected to find that Escherichia coil was in the pool. That would be very dangerous for the health of the person/animal coming into contact with the water.
Leave Some Time for Maintenance
When the bad weather has passed, you're going to want to clean the pool as a lot of random things could have taken a dip. You will need to skim your pool with a net for about half an hour to maintain a clean pool. It can be tedious at times, but it does allow you to swim during whatever season you want. Another item that will help you reduce the amount of work needed to be done is a pool cover. It is especially vital during the rainy season, as it can potentially save you a lot of tedious work.
Strike a Balance of Chemicals
To have a clean pool, it's imperative to regularly test the water. Keep sanitiser levels at the appropriate amount. If you are doing your job right, you will be killing algae before they grow into blooms. Test the pH levels daily, especially after heavy rain has passed. The rain can cause the chemical balance to be upset and make the water terrible for swimming.
Vacuum the pool to get rid of the debris and dirt resting on the pool floor, walls, and steps. It's best to vacuum after you have struck a good water balance. The best time to vacuum is after you’ve brushed the pool. With regular vacuuming, there is no chance of algae prospering in the pool environment. If you have some spare money, you can get yourself a robot pool vacuum that will do the work for you (don’t forget to use algaecide after you’ve cleaned the pool!).
To prevent any bacteria from sticking around, you will need to scrub the pool. It includes the walls, steps, and floors. Once a week is a sufficient amount to maintain hygienic standards. It isn't uncommon for spores and algae to stick around in the cracks of the pool and stay there for a long period. If your pool has several cracks or holes, it might be time for a pool renovation. Use wire brushes if you have a concrete pool and a nylon brush for acrylic or painted pools.
When you are done with the pool, consider making an eco-friendly patio as well to complete your backyard look, and make it into relaxation heaven.
Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a content creator, and her ultimate passion is business and marketing. She is also a bibliophile and her favourite book is "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter.
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