As we change seasons and we start to see a little heat, how does this impact the pool? We see a rollercoaster effect on the water balance as one moment it’s hot, and next, it’s cold again with rain, like winter. When it’s warm, the potential to burn off all the sanitizer and turn the pool green is at its greatest, especially if you haven’t adjusted your equipment settings at all since winter. Add a pool cover, and high phosphates and it’s a disaster with the perfect scenario for algae growth…The cooler weather will allow the sanitizer to be maintained but frequent rain will dilute it.
All seasons have their challenges with water balance to control the rollercoaster effect we face. Especially as most systems here in Perth are salt chlorinators with a variable adjustment for chlorine and no pH control. So the constant need for adjustment can be daily this time of year. The sensible approach is to install a probe system to control your chlorine and pH levels as a minimum. Thus not riding the rollercoaster water balance as much and the potential to turn the pool green. Also, maintain the chlorine and pH within safe limits as set out by the code of practice and health authority. These are chemicals after all and just because the water looks clear doesn’t mean it’s safe to swim in.
This time of year is the perfect time to have the pool and equipment serviced before the madness of summer arrives and all the service teams are inundated with work. You may also be able to secure a better offer available this time of year for ongoing regular servicing to see you through the swimming season. Always use a Spasawa member or technician to ensure the business is qualified to offer the best advice for you and your pool. We recommend you also read How to Add Salt to Your Pool for new pool owners