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4 Reasons More Swimmers Equals More Pool Maintenance

You may find that maintaining your pool is quite simple once you know what chemicals and equipment are required, but what happens when there are more people swimming in your pool than normal? A higher bather load (i.e. number of swimmers) can have a significant effect on your pool’s maintenance requirements.

If you know your pool is going to be used more frequently during the warmer months, take a look below at some of the possible scenarios you may come across and how these can be avoided.

Unbalanced water

Whenever a swimmer jumps into your pool, they bring with them a range of bacteria and germs. Things like sunscreen, sweat, cosmetics, saliva and urine contaminate your pool water and if there are more swimmers in your pool than normal, it can significantly unbalance the water. If your pool water is not kept balanced, not only can algae begin to grow but it can also cause health problems such as ear, nose and throat infections.

You can avoid these issues by testing your pool water more frequently. Your local Poolwerx technician can come out and test your water or you can head in store for your free 60 second water test.

Algae growth

Algae can grow quickly in the right conditions and can turn your pool water green within a few hours. If you use your pool a lot throughout summer, you may find it necessary to shock your pool every now and then to help keep it clean.

While chlorine and other pool chemicals are used to maintain pool health, a shock treatment is often required to provide maximum sanitiser efficiency, and to keep your water sparkling.

A robotic pool cleaner is a must-have tool to have when your pool is being used more frequently. You can run the robot while you’re swimming, meaning contaminants and other debris and being cleared constantly. This can help stop algae growth and keep your pool water clean without you having to spend time each day manually cleaning the pool.

Strong chlorine smell

Have you ever been in a pool with a strong chlorine smell? You may have thought this was because there was too much chlorine, but in fact it’s actually too little chlorine that causes the smell, not too much.

Waste such as sunscreen, sweat, cosmetics, saliva and urine give off Nitrogen and when this combines with chlorine it creates the strong smell. If your pool smells strongly, check the chlorine level as you may need to add more chlorine.

Pool equipment working overtime

When was the last time you had your pool equipment checked?

If your pool pump and filtration system are not in good working order, the risk of them becoming damaged or broken is much higher, especially if you are running your pool’s systems more frequently and for longer periods during the day.

Some signs that equipment may need to be repaired include excessive backwashing and poor water quality. If you are using the correct amount of chemicals, but your water is still not clear, it could be your pool pump, filter or chlorinator that needs replacing. Have a chat with your local Poolwerx technician about getting your pool equipment checked.

If you know you’ll be using your pool more during the warmer months, make sure you are prepared.

Find your local Poolwerx who can provide you with the right maintenance plan to keep your pool swim ready all season long.

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