Owning a pool takes a lot of work to maintain, and most of the time it feels more like a never-ending chore than an enjoyable part of your home… unless you have a few pool-care secret weapons, that is.
1.The little cube that goes a long way
Even if your pool cleaner does a great job of cleaning the walls and floor of your pool, there’s still minuscule debris that’s too small to fall to the pool floor, like algae spores and bacteria.
It may seem like an impossible challenge but there is a small pool-cleaning weapon that makes a huge difference. A gel cube is a flocculent and clarifier all in one. It works by clumping all these tiny particles together to make them heavy enough to sink to the pool floor. They can then be sucked up by your pool cleaner or, more effectively, by a manual pool vacuum. Follow by back-washing your pool filter. We recommend you use one cube every two weeks – simply place it in your weir.
2.The all-in-one floater
Cutting your pool maintenance time in half – and giving you more time to actually enjoy your pool – is exactly what the 5-in-1 floater does. Find one that is made specifically for South African pools of all sizes; just adjust how much chlorine is automatically dispensed using the mechanism at the bottom (depending on the size of the pool). It’ll do all the hard work for you.
3.The pool prescription
Do you find you’re continually adding more and more chlorine to your pool but it’s not making any difference? Well, that’s because the sun doesn’t only evaporate water from your pool but the chlorine as well.
Chlorine pills are pre-measured and slow-dissolving and work by shielding the chlorine from the sun by creating a barrier on the surface of your pool. If you’re not sure about the dosage, bring in a water sample to your nearest The Pool Team store so an assistant can help you.
4.The alkaline boost
Maintaining the right pH level is a very important part of keeping your pool clean – in fact, any issues with the alkalinity need to be resolved from the get-go, as this will assist the corrective measures with the pH. If the pH is too high, the chlorine you put in your pool won’t work properly, and you might get calcium build-up. If the pH is too low, the water becomes acidic and corrosive.
The best way to solve this problem is to use an alkalinity booster. Keep the size and type of finish of your pool in mind, such as fibreglass, painted or Marbelite pools, as alkalinity levels will differ on each pool finish. Give The Pool Team a call to find out exactly how much you would need for your pool.
5.The metal- and stain remover
The build-up of bromine and chlorine can cause any metal compounds to oxidise in your pool’s water, which can stain the walls and floor of your pool. It can also be a serious problem for the metal hardware of your pool – your pump and/or heater – as it causes these to deteriorate.
Using a metal- and stain remover will prevent further build-up, scaling and corrosion in your pool. It works by removing heavy metals from your pool water through your pool filter. It also helps remove those unwanted stains.
Keen to discover more powerful pool-care tips? Contact The Pool Team and we’ll let you in on more of our secrets.