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When having your water tested, be sure to ask for a phosphate test to be done, especially if after heavy rain (and run off) or if you notice you are struggling to maintain a good chlorine level in your pool.
Phosphates are food for algae in your pool, and can cause algae bloom. This test is still free (we dont charge for testing water or sample bottles) and there are straightforward, easy ways to remove or lower the phosphate level in your pool.
Spring is a great time to go out and give everything the once over. There is nothing worse than going out to clean your pool only to find that your hose is full of hoses, or theres holes in your leaf net, or going to increase the pool running hours only to find that your chlorinators died or that the pool pump is screaming like a banchee. Take the time to go out to your pool equipment and check everything over make sure its all in good working order and ready for use. Remember we carry a large range of spare parts for both cleaning equipment and pool equipment we repair pumps and chlorinators too. Ensure your pool is ready to use when you are.
Clean Up! Keep your pump and equipment area free of rubbish and debris as much as possible. Most pumps are air-cooled by an external fan, relying on good air circulation around the motor. Keeping this area clean also helps you to spot any leaks in your pool equipment particularly your pump, enabling issues to be repaired before they cause major and costly problems. Spray around your equipment for creepy crawlies - ants and spiders love the warm dry dark conditions. Spray a good quality surface spray around transformers and control boxes to prevent insects from getting inside these devices and causing costly damage. Rats can also cause issues chewed cables and fecal matter result in an unsafe environment for you and your equipment.
Sometimes it's difficult to determine if low water levels are due to evaporation or a leak. You can discover leaks in your pool by conducting a simple bucket test.
Fill a plastic bucket three-quarters full of water. On the inside of the bucket, mark the water line. Place the bucket in the pool, then mark the water line on the outside of the container. (If the bucket has a handle, remove it to allow for better stability while floating.)
Let it float for two or three days. If the water inside and outside the bucket has gone down the same amount, your pool is losing water due to evaporation. However, if the pool water level has gone down more than the water inside the bucket, your pool has a leak.
That's your cue to call a professional to investigate it further..
With all the glorious rain weve been having lately, your pool is probably alittle (or a lot) overfull make the most of it!
- Give your media/sand filter a really good backwash and rinse, if you havent degreased your filter in the past six months use Focus Filter Cleaner & Degreaser to degrease your filter media before backwashing out the excess rain water.
A filter that hasnt been backwashed or degreased regularly will increase your chlorine consumption, increases the backpressure on your pump and will be a lot less efficient in filtering your pool water.
An overfull pool means your pool is not skimming properly, the most contaminated water in your pool (the top layer) is not being filtered and chlorinated as it normally would. Which brings us to the question