While your pool water will change all year, the summer months in Atlanta—when temperatures are at their highest—are when your water is most susceptible to becoming dirty due to a buildup of algae. This is when our customers are most likely to request our pool cleaning services. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a few pool cleaning tips up your sleeve, too!
Let’s face it; no one likes swimming in a green pool. So why deal with the headaches brought on by algae in your swimming pool this year when you can easily avoid it altogether? How? First, you need to figure out why algae are present in the first place. Once you’ve figured that out, you can change whatever you’re doing (or not doing) that is causing a green pool.
Adjusting How You Add Chlorine
Unless you’re a swimming pool cleaning professional—like our technicians at The Pool Butler—then you’re likely unaware of the effect sunlight can have on chlorine.
When exposed to the sun over time, chlorine tends to break down, which can substantially decrease its effectiveness at ridding your pool of algae and other bacteria. It is crucial to add an adequate amount of chlorine to your pool regularly.
However, you should use caution when doing so, as too much chlorine can lead to chemical burns and other skin ailments. Instead of risking chlorine problems, it’s a great idea to contact a pool services company in Atlanta to adjust your chemicals for you to ensure safety.
One way to reduce the speed at which your chlorine breaks down is to use a solar blanket when your pool is not in use. Similar to a visor you might place in your car’s windshield, a solar blanket blocks out the sun from your pool water. With less direct sun, the chlorine in your pool will last longer, saving you time and money.
Avoid Using the Wrong Products
One trap many pool owners fall into when fighting an algae buildup is attempting to clean their pools using the wrong products.
For example, some pool owners may feel inclined to buy shock for their swimming pools when chlorine levels get low. Unfortunately, while this may kill the algae, the algae still need to be removed correctly to clean the pool and prevent future growth. You can learn more about shocking your pool to kill algae here.
Testing Your Swimming Pool For Phosphates
While phosphates are always present in your pool water, when levels get too high, it can be next to impossible to keep your pool clear. Phosphates are food for algae, and where there is food, algae are not far behind.
It’s a smart idea to have your pool inspected for irregular phosphate levels by a swimming pool service company. A professional will have the proper tools to test your water and can correct the issue to keep your pool water crystal clear.
When In Doubt, Call The Pool Butler
If you’ve been having a problem keeping your swimming pool’s water clear this summer, then it’s time to contact The Pool Butler. Our expert technicians have seen it all. They have the knowledge and experience necessary to keep your pool looking and functioning its best.
Take a look at the rest of our website to see what swimming pool services we offer. Whether it’s pool cleaning, repair, or even regular swimming pool maintenance that you’re looking for, The Pool Butler has you covered. You can also explore our blog for lots more pool cleaning tips.
We’ve been serving Atlanta and surrounding communities for many years and have a long list of satisfied customers. Take a look to hear from real customers why The Pool Butler is the best swimming pool service company in the Southeast.