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Tips for Treating Tough Algae Problems
It’s no surprise that there are some REALLY difficult algae problems being reported this year!
After all, we had a mild winter, one of the warmest and earliest springs we have seen
in years and a real hot summer so far!!

Here are a few tips for getting rid of difficult algae problems:

 

  1. When you’re treating for algae and the water has not gone from green to blue and cloudy within 2 days, you may need to do a second chlorine shock treatment. Also, algae starts on walls, and produces a protective sheath over the algae cells making it VERY difficult for the treatment to get to the wall clinging algae. Always make sure that you vigorously brush all walls and the bottom if you want to maximize the chances of a quick kill.
  2. Remember: solving algae problems takes three things working in conjunction: Good Filtration, Adequate Circulation and a robust Chemical Treatment regime.
  3. Plants grow and reproduce through photosynthesis. Phosphates and Nitrogen (swimmer wastes) are the “food” for photosynthesis (just like fertilizer helps your grass grow). We can help you assess your risk of algae by testing your phosphate level and other elements that increase your risk of algae. Phos Cleanse and Ultra Cleanse can starve algae by removing algae’s food from the pool.
  4. It’s important to maintain a chlorine residual of 2-3 ppm after applying your treatment. If you don’t have a 2 to 3 ppm chlorine reading, you must keep adding chlorine ever day until you’re able to maintain a chlorine residual of 2 to 3 ppm. Keeping your pH between 7.4 and 7.6 is important as well. Algae absorbs carbon dioxide – and results in raising the pH. The higher the pH the less effective the chlorine
  5. Here are the stages you can expect when you’re killing algae: First, the pool will go from “green” to “blue and cloudy”. The cloudiness is caused because when you can see algae in a pool, there are literally BILLIONS of algae spores in the pool water. When the algae dies, the chlorophyl is bleached and the sunlight refracts off the dead algae cells – giving the water a milky look. The next step is slowly filtering out the huge amount of dead algae cells and that takes a bit of time (Clear Rebound is AMAZING at speeding this up).

 

What you will see:

(1) Pool water will turn from green to milky blue (usually within 24 hours).
(2) Water will foam and bubble. The milky appearance will gradually fade.
(3) Water clarity returns!

WARNING: This year, like never before, we are seeing significant chlorine demand problems and high phosphate levels (above 300 ppb)  – which are the root cause of not being able to clear many difficult algae problems. The only solution is to remove the phosphates with Phos Cleanse treatments and to keep adding chlorine until the chlorine demand is overcome.

 

 

 

 
How do I remove Biofilms PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Peltenburg   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 10:40

Treating & Removing Biofilms in Spas & Hot tubs

Biofilms can be removed mechanically, chemically or "naturally." 

Mechanical removal using scrub brushes, filter cleaners, etcetera, physically remove the biofilm from visible places.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2011 11:09
 
Buying a Pool FAQ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Peltenburg   
Friday, 25 February 2011 16:50

Frequently Asked Questions

What factors should I consider in choosing a pool builder?
A swimming pool is a significant investment so you will want to choose your builder with care. Two strong indicators of expertise and reliability are length of time in business and number of pools built. More important though, are client references. Ask for the names of at least three past clients and be sure to follow-up. An established company is in a much better position to stand behind its workmanship over the long term.

How long will it take to complete the pool installation project?
The time it takes to complete a pool project varies according to the complexity of the design and the scale of the construction. Inclement weather can also have an impact. Your project manager can usually give you a good idea of the timeline, but from start to finish, it could range from 2-3 weeks to a couple of months.

What factors influence the cost of a swimming pool?

The cost of a swimming pool varies according to the type of construction (concrete or vinyl liner), size and shape of the pool, property access and demolition requirements, and to a greater extent, poolscape features such as decks, waterfalls, rock formations and outbuildings.

Will owning a pool have an impact on my home insurance?
A pool is considered a dwelling extension and depending on its scale and features, may increase the cost of your home insurance. This is something to discuss with your insurance agent.

What are the maintenance requirements of a swimming pool and what service options are available?
Like any worthwhile addition to your home, a swimming pool will benefit from proper maintenance. The basic requirements are checking the skimmer basket every day or so for leaves (especially in the fall) and testing the chemicals (recommended weekly). Basic automated equipment, such as pool cleaner and chlorinator will help cut down on maintenance chores. Of course, you can always choose to have the our trained service staff open and close your pool for the season, as well as perform weekly cleaning and chlorination duties.

Are there any mandatory safety features required with my pool installation such as fencing?
Fencing is a mandatory requirement of a swimming pool installation and specifications are generally legislated by your municipality. Fortunately, many types of fencing can both enhance your landscape as well as provide for privacy and safety.

How will a pool installation affect the value of my home?
With today's time pressures, gas prices and the rising cost of recreational property, more and more people are opting to vacation at home. The consensus among realtors is that a top-quality pool installation can add value to your home.

What impact does the terrain of a yard have on a pool installation?
The terrain of your yard can have a considerable impact on the design of your poolscape and construction logistics, particularly when there is a significant slope. One solution is to plan your pool on multiple levels to create an appealing natural look. This effect can also be built into yards with a flatter terrain.

Is there anything I can do to minimize the pool's energy consumption?
Your pool's energy consumption will affect its operating costs as well as any impact on the environment. Here are some things you can do to reduce energy use.

  • First, use a cover. Pool covers can reduce the energy required to heat the pool by 50%-70% and water evaporation by up to 90%, depending on the time of year. Another benefit will be reduced consumption of pool chemicals.
  • Secondly, have your pool heater inspected annually; a properly maintained heater will use less energy. Regular maintenance is also important to insure your pump and filter run efficiently.
  • Finally, use common sense in heating your pool. Less energy is required to re-heat a pool for a weekend than to maintain a constant temperature all week. In addition, don't allow others to tamper with the controls.
 


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