There is nothing better than having a swim in your private pool on a hot, summer day. But what happens when you don�t clean your pool regularly?
Noticed a few leaves floating in your pool, but couldn�t be bothered to clean them out? That�s your first mistake. These seemingly harmless leaves will soon break down into smaller pieces, and begin to sink to the bottom of your pool. Once this happens, not only is it more challenging to remove them, but also the leaves will disintegrate and become the perfect sustenance for algae. It is important to also remove all leaves and debris from your pool filter, to avoid the same algae problem.
Algae are photosynthetic creatures that multiple quickly and thrive in unkempt pools. Algae can slowly turn the water of your pool to a murky green colour, similar to the colour of some open bodied lakes and oceans. However, as your pool is a closed systems there is nowhere for the algae to go. If left untreated, the algae can continue to grow and give way to forms of bacteria including the harmful e-Coli.
Algae can also structurally damage your pool, which could result in expensive damage. The algae can grow into any tiny cracks or fissures, and expand the size of the holes. This weakens the foundations of your pool and can lead to water damage and costly repairs.
Pink slime bacteria and white fungus molds are very common in pools, as they are naturally occurring. Whilst they are unappealing to the eyes with their gooey consistencies, pink slime and white molds are not harmful to humans. However, these substances can clog your pool filter and diminish its effectiveness. This may result in the production of damaging bacteria.
The safest pH level for your pool is 7.4 - 7.6 with alkalinity levels of 100-150ppm. When your pool isn�t cleaned regularly, these numbers may spike, or drop. When the pH level is too low, the chlorine levels in your pool will also diminish. This may cause the water to turn black or brown, which doesn�t make for a very attractive swim. If the pH level reaches above 7.8, your pool water may start to turn cloudy from too much chlorine. This should be resolved quickly by adding the appropriate pool acids, as it is sometimes difficult to lower the pH when it gets too high.
Excessive chlorine levels because of a raised pH, can lead to health issues including asthma, skin and eye irritations, and lung problems. With acidity levels too high, your pool could also be at risk. The water may corrode the metal piping of your pool, the filter, pool equipment, pool liner, and concentrate exterior.
When your pool is regularly cleaned and taken care of, it is a great way to spend your summer days with friends and family. Pool covers are good for managing leaves and other debris, but it is very important to constantly check the acidity levels, to maintain a safe place to swim.