Pool Q&A

pool care
What causes algae?

Green algae are the most common and make their presence known when we get a few days of high heat. Black algae show up in areas of poor circulation like deep end corners, step corners, and behind ladders. Yellow algae is a bit stubborn and resistant to chlorine. And remember, algae can be transferred from pool to pool. If you are vacationing, make sure to clean your swimsuits well before taking them home.

The chlorine is bleaching our bathing suits!

If you’re not careful, chlorine can turn your skin itchy and red. And it can make your hair dry and brittle, especially if you swim almost every day during the summer. The chlorine can also shred and fade swimsuits long before the season ends. Chlorine does not start “bleaching” swimsuits until higher levels upwards of 30-40 ppm. 

How do I get the most life out of my pool liner?

Vinyl liner pools require soft bristle brushes and vinyl liner vacuum heads for manual vacuuming. Be careful while cleaning to ensure you do not puncture, tear or rip the liner. And be careful with the chemicals you use. Make sure they are for vinyl liners and be sure whatever you put directly into the pool dissolves before it hits the bottom.

How often do I need to test my pool water?

Testing at least twice a week for residential pools and after any parties are recommended. It is best to have a chemical feeder of some type to feed your sanitizer and maintain proper levels continuously.

Why should I get my pool inspected?

Just as you would hire an experienced, professional home inspector to inspect your home, you want to do the same with your pool or hot tub. 

There are varying regulations to keep you and your family safe. Professionals, like the ones at The Pool & Spa Store, have the experience and knowledge to take care of all your pool or hot tub inspections. 

How long should I wait to enter a pool after being treated?

It will depend on the amount of chemicals added to the water. For regular maintenance treatment, it could be as short as 3 hours. But for more aggressive treatments like shocking the pool, we recommend waiting at least 6 to 12 hours.

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