It can be a measure of one’s strength when you walk out into your backyard paradise and overnight your water seems to have gone from a crystal clear oasis, to swamp thing. Algae is a big part in our environment and is a porous organism that loves to live off other living organisms called phosphates that are in your pool.
There are a bunch of factors that can play into that green machine. Fear not, there are ways to battle these organisms back, but it takes a plan of action and consistency. Water chemistry is the first key to all this. If you’re water chemistry is balanced in the correct fashion where chlorine and pH levels are consistently higher then phosphate levels (ppm = parts per million) then swamp thing has no chance.
However when you let things go because you wanted quality time with the family or had one too many miller lights for football season; that Sunday afternoon suddenly becomes two weeks later. Then you’re faced with a big problem and a pricy one too.
That’s right, green pools could end up costing you big bucks that you didn’t plan for. We’re talking a mortgage payment type of bucks depending on how bad things can get. There is a proper system to follow and it’s not just throwing shock into the pool and watching the furry creatures fall to the bottom. You have to clean out your system, clean your filters, change the water, and sometimes even give your pool a chemical bath.
All of this costs you time and money that most people would rather spend on enjoying themselves rather than pulling their hair out. The best plan of action is to first learn the system to balance your chemicals with a testing kit you can get at any Leslie’s Pool Supply store or by following the link here.
Then it’s good old-fashioned elbow grease. Get out there with your metal brush and start scrubbing! Not just half way either, you’ve got to crack that outer shell of the algae so when you do use an algaecide and shock mixture they’re hungry and ready to feed.
We know there are people out there that love to do their maintenance on all parts of the backyard. If you’re anything like my family was, then it’s a full family activity to do yard work and maintenance each weekend. But if you're busy during the week and you'd rather spend your time enjoying the weekend doing other things that make you happy then this would be a daunting set of tasks.
I’ll never forget sunsets watching my dad carry mulch from the back of a white minivan, dropping preen, pulling weeds, and then the final hours of cleaning the pool. It’s those hours that we could have been playing catch, or reading books, or taking road trips that have been so valuable later in life once we finally got our priorities straight.
You can’t get time back so it’s very important to make the most of it. We all know what it feels like to want our time back. So keep up with the maintenance, and if you can’t then get a service that can help you check one more box off of that to-do list. Put your hard earned money towards memories rather than dog days and headaches.
For more information about how we can help you tackle tough projects; visit our website @ www.liquiduspoolservices.com.
Until next time.
The Liquidus Crew