We tend to welcome the occasional rain shower, since it’s good for local crops and helps to prevent another dangerous drought. But rain is not so welcome in your pool. Although it seems like it would be harmless, rain water can actually mess up your pool chemistry and introduce some unsanitary elements. It’s a good idea to learn how rain will affect your pool, and what adjustments you should make to your pool maintenance schedule.
Does the amount of rain matter? Actually, no. Even a small rain shower can introduce algae and debris into your pool. Algae spores and debris are always present in the air anyway, but rain helps to deliver those unwanted particles straight into your pool. Once the algae is introduced, it can begin to reproduce quickly and create an unsightly mess before long. This is especially true during summer, when the warm weather encourages fast growth. Algae in your pool will also disrupt your chlorine levels, and of course that’s a whole other level of trouble!
How do you kill algae? A commercially available algicide will usually do the trick, but some pool owners are hesitant about using another chemical in their pool. So they attempt to use a lower level of it, thinking, “it’s just a few spores, so this will probably work”. The thing is, algae reproduces very quickly. So you need to be killing it faster than it grows, or else you’re fighting a losing battle. Make sure to follow the application directions precisely, to keep the algicide at a high enough concentration in the water.
What about the pool water chemistry? Debris that is deposited by rain can also trigger an imbalance in your water’s chemistry. Any time it rains – even a brief shower – test your water and adjust the chemicals accordingly. If you keep your pool at the optimal pH level in between rain showers, it can also help to prevent this problem.
Anything else? Secure all items around your pool, in the event winds are expected. This can prevent damage to your pool furniture and other items, and will prevent them from introducing further debris into the pool.
If you need help with any of these pool maintenance chores, give us a call. We can keep your pool clean and healthy for you, so that you won’t have to worry about random weather events disrupting your schedule.
If you notice black spots beginning to crop up on your swimming pool surfaces – particularly in places that are difficult to reach, like corners and steps – black algae might be the culprit. This particularly aggressive algae is difficult to treat for two reasons:
- It has deep roots that help it to firmly embed in surfaces
- Its outer protective layer is difficult for pool chemicals to penetrate
Yuck! That doesn’t sound like good news. But don’t despair; we’re on your side, and we can show you how to get rid of black algae. More importantly, we can teach you how to keep it from coming back.
How to get rid of black algae. This job will require some vigorous scrubbing. Use a tough, sturdy nylon brush, and don’t be afraid to work up a sweat. You have to break past that protective layer, and remember that embedded roots may still be present even if the spots seem to disappear.
Your next step is to use a chlorine tablet to directly scrub at the spot. This can help to kill the roots so that the algae doesn’t come back. Make sure to wear gloves and a mask, to protect yourself.
Now, clean out your pool’s filter. Black algae is more likely to return when your pool water is in less than pristine condition.
Remove all pool toys and other objects, and clean them thoroughly with bleach and water. You want to kill any algae spores that they might be harboring, or else they will just reintroduce the algae to your pool. The same goes for your swimsuits; make sure to wash them regularly.
Consider shocking your pool. Shocking your pool can be a serious step, so we recommend that you contact us first. It might be necessary, especially if you have been battling a black algae problem repeatedly.
Preventing black algae. Like most things, prevention of black algae is preferable to the “cure” once the problem has occurred. You can prevent black algae from invading your pool by practicing a meticulous pool maintenance routine. This will involve regular pH and chemical tests, necessary adjustments to the pH and chemical levels, regular scrubbing and vacuuming, running the pump and cleaning the filter.
Yes, that sounds like a lot of work! But if you’d rather spend your time enjoying your pool, instead of scrubbing at algae stains, give us a call. We can take over the maintenance for you, so that you can relax and know your pool is in good hands.