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Main types of pool algae

During the months of July and August, algae can be a very big problem for swimming pool owners. With owners often avoiding their pools during the colder month’s inconsistency in a pool’s sanitizer levels often change and algae can appear. The different types of algae can be found below.

About Algae

Algae is a single-celled plant form. It utilizes the process of photosynthesis to manufacture its own food and comes in very wide variety of colors and forms making it adaptable to almost any condition. Due to algae’s microscopic size, it takes literally millions of these plants to accumulate to be noticed by the naked eye.

Green Algae

The most common form of algae in swimming pools is “green” algae.  Green algae (varies in color from blue-green to yellow-green to dark-green) can be free floating in the water (turning the water a hazy-green) or can be wall-clinging (patches of green). Green algae can be treated fairly simply with the right amount of brushing, shocking, and algaecide.

Treatment:  Have water properly analyzed to ensure PH is at proper levels and balance the pool water. Pools treated with chlorine should be brushed thoroughly, then shocked, raising the chlorine levels above 30,000 ppm.  Also, add a strong dose of Algaecide 60 to the water. Continue to check the pool’s filtration throughout this process to ensure proper water flow. You may have to repeat this process a few times in order to completely eradicate the algae.

Black Algae

“Black Algae” (actually blue-green algae) forms in cracks and crevices on pool surfaces, especially plaster finishes. Black algae normally grows in shady areas of the pool. Black algae is more typically found in concrete or plaster finished pools because of their rough surfaces. It is known for a heavy slime layer and “skeletal growths” that make it impervious to normal chlorine levels.  Black algae usually doesn’t have any effect on water clarity, it just makes your pool appear to have black spots on the surface.

Treatment:  Have water properly analyzed and balanced. Prior to and during treatment, the algae MUST be thoroughly brushed in order to “break open” the slime layer.  Failure to do this critical step will prevent the treatment from working.  Shock the pool very aggressively and continue to brush the black algae. Add substantial amounts of algaecide 60.

Mustard Algae

Mustard algae is a chlorine-resistant form of green algae (yellow-green to brown in color). It often resembles dirt or sand on the bottom or sides of a pool.

Treatment:  Same as black algae.

In certain cases, when a pool is full of algae, the algae must be vacuumed directly out of the pool. This can be accomplished by brushing the algae off the walls, then adding a ‘floc’ to the water, which coagulates the algae and causes it to settle. Once it settles, it should vacuumed directly out of the pool. When attempting to floc a pool, follow the directions on the bottle very carefully.

Good luck and happy swimming!

 

 

 

 

Originally posted: http://www.riverpoolsandspas.com/blog/bid/24528/How-to-Identify-Treat-and-Remove-Algae-in-Your-Swimming-Pool
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Help your kids to love swimming!

Help Your Kids Learn to Love Swimming!

Thinking about introducing your child to the fun of water play? Before hitting the pool or the beach, be sure to read our tips for helping your child feel comfortable.

Get In the Swim!

Ready for some water fun? Read on for step-by-step plan for helping babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn to love swimming, plus expert advice on the right time for starting classes and how to pick the perfect program.

Step One: Test the Waters

The best way to get your child familiar with the water is to start in the bathtub or kiddie pool once he can confidently sit up on his own (typically around 6 months). “Having this experience in a calm, happy place will help your child stay relaxed in the more chaotic environment of a public pool or beach,” explains Connie Harvey, project manager for aquatics technical development at the American Red Cross. To help your baby grow comfortable with getting his face wet, gently squeeze a sponge or a washcloth over his head, letting the (soap-free) water trickle down his forehead and into his eyes.

More Ways to Make It Fun

Turn the tub into a playground: Bring in his favorite playthings like floating toys, watering cans, and plastic balls. Having the stuff he loves around him will make the water a welcoming place for your child.

Play peekaboo: Submerge your face in the water, then come up with a bright smile. Children are natural mimics; if you show that it’s fun to get your face wet, your little one will be more willing to try it later on.

Blow on it: Put your lips to the water and make some bubbles. If your child is up for it, you can then have him copy your moves with his mouth and nose submerged too.

Step Two: Get Your Feet Wet

The pool can be overwhelming for little kids. “To make that first dip less scary, take your toddler to a family-swim period so she can observe the action without pressure to join in,” suggests Kay Smiley, who oversees swim-program development for the YMCA of the USA. On your next trip, sit together on the side of the pool, letting her feet dangle in the water. Then go into the shallow end together, holding your child with one hand underneath her bottom, and the other one around her back. Ease in gradually, and act relaxed. Once she’s comfortable, get her used to moving through the water by front towing: Hold her under her arms, facing you, allowing the water to support her weight as you walk slowly backward, chatting with her the whole time.

More Ways to Make It Fun

Go for a ride: Hold your child by the armpits as you walk backwards through the water, chanting, “Motorboat, motorboat, go so slow.” Pick up the pace, then say, “Motorboat, motorboat, go so fast. Motorboat, motorboat, step on the gas.” In time, encourage her to kick.

Walk it off: Get her used to being in the water without you supporting her completely by holding her bottom as she grasps the ledge of the pool and walks hand over hand along the side (to make it more fun, call it “monkey walking” and have her make silly monkey sounds).

Make a wish: Work on bubble-blowing and breath-control skills by pretending your finger is a birthday candle. Have your child blow on it, gradually moving your finger closer to the water until she makes a few bubbles.

Step Three: Start Splashing!

Around age 3 or 4, when your child feels at home in the pool, you can begin to prepare him for formal lessons. First, practice floating: With your child’s stomach in the water, position yourself so you’re cheek to cheek, then have him extend his legs behind him and take a “nap” on the water with his head resting on your shoulder (the “pillow”). Have him do the same thing on his back once he’s ready. You can also have him latch on to your neck, using your arms to straighten his legs out behind him and help him kick.

More Ways to Make It Fun

Sound off: Encourage him to put his face in the water if he hasn’t already; the first time he tries it, have him close his mouth and hum to prevent water from going up his nose.

Talk to the fishies: Prime your little one for learning the rhythmic breathing that goes with strokes: Prompt him to blow a few bubbles by suggesting that he put his face in the water and ask an imaginary fish a question. Then have him turn to the left or the right, keeping his ear in the water so he can listen to what the fish has to say. Keep up the pattern of bubble blowing and then side breathing by feeding him questions for the fish, such as, “What do fish like to eat?”

Sneak in some practice: Play a few rounds of “Simon Says” in the shallow end, and instruct your little one to kick and blow bubbles — in addition to goofier commands for splashing (just a little) and shaking his hands while tapping his feet.

Download the guide here: Pool Shop: Help Your Children Love Swimming

 

Originally published in the June 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

http://www.parents.com/baby/safety/outdoor/help-your-kids-learn-to-love-swimming/

Irritated Eyes primarily caused by Chlorine?

Irritated eyes

We’ve seen it happen quite often:

- Children coming out of the pool rubbing their eyes

- Parents claiming that it’s definitely because of an excess of chlorine in the pool.

- Consequently, the poor child is not allowed to go into the pool for the rest of the day

 

This belief that there is an excess of chlorine in the pool is in fact myth! In fact, it’s due to a couple of factors:

First, it is the fact that water in general, regardless of being chlorinated or not, will cause dryness in our eyes and thus cause irritation.

Second, it’s the pH level of our pools. When the pH levels of our pools stray too far from the body’s natural pH balance of 7.4-7.6, it can cause irritation.

Finally, it is the presence of chloramines in the pool that can cause irritation. Chloramines form when chlorine combines with what comes out of or washes off the swimmers’ body (sweat, urine, personal care products etc.).

The truth is that chlorine reacts with sweat, body oils and cosmetics to form products that are irritating and make things worse for the swimmer, forming chloramines.

It is then advised for the benefit of our own pools and those who use it, here are hygiene tips:

- Shower before getting into the pool. Each unshowered swimmer adds their dirt, body oil and sweat to the pool!

- Remember to take the kids out for bathroom breaks often so the pool is kept free from any unwanted accidents that chlorine cannot deal with

- Make sure there is the right amount of chlorine in the pool as it in fact is your first line of defence that can make swimmers sick. It guards against bacteria and viruses that can cause conjunctivitis, stomach upset, swimmer’s ear and irritated skin. If you’re unsure of your pH and chlorine levels in your pool, you can order 6 in 1 test strips or drop in with your water to our store for a free test.

Source: http://www.gachd.org/hot-topic/its_not_chlorine_in_the_pool_t.php

 

Is your swimming pool registered? (NSW or QLD)

shutterstock_128732618Have you heard of registering your pool in NSW or QLD? For those who have not done so yet, this is a registration for all pool and spa owners that must occur by law if you live in NSW or QLD. You can register your pool online by clicking on the links provided in the bracket for your respective state (NSW & QLD ). If you do not register there is a risk of incurring a fine ($220 with the possibility of an additional fine of $2000 if the council refers the matter to the court).

Note: Registering your pool does not mean it is compliant. It just means it is listed on the swimming pool register.

The Register All owners of pools and spas (both in ground or above ground capable of holding water in excess of 30cm in depth) will be placed in the register. This register ensures that all pool and spa owners will be provided with the right information so that they’ll be able to comply with the current regulations and legislation in effect. The register has come into effect to reduce drowning which is the primary cause of death or injury to children 5 and under. This is a very serious problem as one child under five drowns every week in Australia. These startling figures should not be the case in Australia, and we hope that they will lessen over the years. Therefore as a pool or spa owner, you have a duty to ensure the safety and protection of children.

A Good Reason to Register We hope that you will register before you incur a fine, but more than that, for the safety of those that you love.

Sources: http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/ https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/find-pool-safety-inspector-search-property-or-register-your-pool

Top tips for a top party!

Pool partyBecause Summer is almost here we thought it’s the perfect time to for pool a pool party! Planning to invite a few friends over for a relaxed poolside get together or is having the music blasting and cocktails flowing more your type of party? Whatever your perfect kind of party is, here are a few general tips to help you organise an awesome Summer Fun Pool Party!

Tip 1 Invites!
Besides having a pool of course, the most important element of as party is having people there to celebrate with you! Call up your friends or create themed invitations and start building that guest list.

Tip 2 Good music
The best music for your party depends on the theme & which people you invite, but music is always a great idea at any party. Beach or tropical tunes are a great way to give the party a real ‘Summer feel.

Tip 3 Food and drinks
A good supply of cold drinks are always recommended, especially in the Summer when it is very hot. Put at least 2 big jars with ice cold water, maybe with some lemon, on the table so nobody will be thirsty. A barbeque is always a good idea for a pool party and how about some tropical cocktails!?

Tip 4 Necessities
It is a Summer pool party after all so the sun will be shining and it’s easy to get burnt in the water; so always have enough sunscreen available for your party guests. Also make sure to create some areas of shade so that people can stand out of the sun when it gets too hot or they have gotten sunburnt. Always fun is to have some pool toys in the water, like beach balls or water guns.

Tip 5 Accessories
To really get that Summer mood dress your garden up like if you are in the trops. Get sunshades, umbrella straws, beach balls, fake palm trees and anything more you want to add. Keep everything in the summer theme even the food and drinks. This will make the party even more fun and let you really enjoy the summer.

The only to rest now is to plan your own pool party! Good luck! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for more fun and informative posts you might like!’

#tip! How about adding a cool dye to your pool water? This Pool Party dye will create a beautiful cool sparkly blue colour! Stocking in store.

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6 Tips for Getting your Pool Ready for Summer

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Summer is coming soon and the weather is already beautiful at the moment! You’ve hidden away your winter clothes and gathered your shorts, swimming trunks and thongs YOU are ready! But is your pool?
Here are a few tips to help you get your pool Summer ready:

Tip 1
There may be leaves and dirt on the floor of your pool, so use a pool vacuum or automatic cleaner to get the leaves and other dirt out of the pool. Also make sure to empty your pool cleaner every once in a while so it doesn’t get full or clogged. Then top up the water level.

Tip 2
Clean out all the basket and filter systems of your pool. There are normally 2 baskets that need to be cleaned out: skimmer & pump. All leaves that have been skimmed from the top of the water as well as those picked up by automatic cleaner or pool vacuums will be in this skimmer basket. You can leave the cover or pool blanket on the pool when you are doing this, but most important is that don’t empty the pool; leave all the water in. When you are finished cleaning the basket you can turn on the filter, but make sure to check again if it really is clean before you turn it on.

Tip 3
After running the filter for at least 12 hours, test your water, we recommend a professional test so that you know for sure the water is good. We provide FREE water testing at Liverpool pool shop. After the test you will have to balance the chemicals so that your pool is perfectly balanced again. If you are not sure which or how much chemicals you have to use, just stop by our shop or give us a call and we will help you!

Tip 4
Shock treat the water, this will neutralize contaminants and will help raise the available chlorine levels in your pool to make sure the water is nice and clear!

Tip 5
Treat your pool with an algaecide, by doing this early in the season and regularly throughout you will prevent algae from entering your pool.

Tip 6
Keep your pool clean all Summer long, especially if it’s used quite regularly. Therefore, test the water and clean the filters regularly. If you don’t have the time to clean it every week, why not consider our mobile services? We come by your house to check and maintain your pool!
Check out our website for more information about the services we offer and the products we sell. If you have any questions about the chemicals or anything else pool or spa related don’t hesitate to contact us or stop by our shop. We are happy to help you with all of your questions.

Eight tips to have a more eco-friendly pool and pool area!

Eco friendly poolThe fact of having a pool itself can be perceived as not environmentally friendly. But the thing is, you can implement little changes that will minimise the environmental impact of your pool. Here is how:

1. We first recommend you use a pool cover in order to limit evaporation and keep your water quite warm, meaning you don’t have to use the heater as much. An additional advantage of this first tip is that it will reduce your energy bills!

2. Another technique to prevent water evaporation is to install a windbreak around your pool. Most pool owners install a fence around their pools for security reasons, so why not make the most of them and add panels to the fence to prevent the wind from causing excessive evaporation?!

3. Make sure you use an energy efficient pump to keep the running time as its lowest level: no waste of energy! You can use a timer to do most of the pump work in the evenings when you get rate breaks.

4. Choose the right filter according to your pool – you may choose a cartridge one – and do not over use it.

5. Do not waste rainwater but set-up an easy system to collect the rainwater and drive it to your pool to top it up. Do not forget to test and add the right amount of chemicals when adding some water though. You want to be eco-friendly but you do not want to pass on crystal clear water.

6. Just like you, we love having our pool lights on but don’t forget to switch them off when you’re not in the pool anymore. We usually forget this, but it can save you and the planet a lot. You can even consider a timer that will automatically turn off the lights each night at a set time.

7. Solar heating is an obvious environmentally friendly choice over conventional heaters. The initial investment is higher but solar heating is a more cost effective option in the long term as it uses less electricity.

8. And finally, be regular about pool maintenance to make sure the basics such as cleaning the pump or the filter are taken care off. This way, your pool system will have to work less and you won’t waste any energy.

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Time to switch your pool back on for Spring!

Spring Cleaning Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds,Spring is in the air! But before you can enjoy your very first swim of the season, you may want to go through our list of ‘check’ to make sure your pool is ready to welcome you and your family. ‘Switching on’ your pool after winter is not just about uncovering your pool, but also going through a significant number of cleaning check-ups! So once your pool is uncovered make sure you go through all the following steps:

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Step 1 – Spring Cleaning!

It’s time to clean everything! From the pump, to the filter, the scale, the walls of your pool, and everything around it. Make sure you do not forget any parts as you want your pool to start fresh for the new season. You can turn your spring cleaning into a fun family afternoon, dividing the tasks between family members. The more the merrier!

tickStep 2 – More water, more chemicals!

Once everything is super clean, it is time to either add water if you emptied your pool for winter, or remove some water if you didn’t empty the pool and the water level is too high due to the amount of rain during winter. Once you’re satisfied with the water level, it’s time to test your water. You can have a look at the correct chemicals level you are supposed to have right here as well as our advice to have the correct levels.

tickStep 3 – Test, Test and re-test

Once you have the correct level of water and chemicals in your pool, do not forget to regularly test them. Some significant variations may occur while getting your pool back on track after a long winter. We recommend testing your water at least twice a week for a month. Be very mindful of the pH and chlorine levels.

tickStep 4 – How many supplies do you have left?

Time to re-organize your storage area, make an inventory list and check the expiration dates of all the chemicals you have! Make your storage area a well-organized place where it is easy to find the right product, throw away expired products and buy the right amount of chemicals to last for the coming months.

tickStep 5– ENJOY

And now, it is time for your well-deserved, first swim of the season!

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Six Reasons Why Your Pool Needs a Blanket

In Sydney, we enjoy beautiful weather most of the year with the feeling that summer is constantly around the corner. So, sometimes that means pool owners forget to consider
getting a blanket for their pool.

There are many reasons why a blanket may beneficial for your pool, but here are the top six.

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1.  A Pool Blanket Means A Longer Swimming Season
A pool blanket acts like big woolly jumper and keeps your pool from losing heat during the cooler times of day and night. This creates a warmer pool for longer for your family. Pool blankets are perfect for backyards that have a lot of shade throughout the day.

2.  A Pool Blanket Means You Save Time and Money
A pool blanket, when used correctly, can work as an investment. Not only do they prevent unnecessary evaporation (up to 50%) but also result in less chlorine or salt being needed.

3.  A Pool Blanket Means Less Chemicals
Who doesn’t like the sound of using fewer chemicals? Save your family from the all-too-familiar ‘pool eyes’ by reducing the amount of chemicals in the water. A pool cover can reduce chemicals by up to 60%!

4.  A Pool Blanket Means A Cleaner Pool
When it’s on, a blanket will protect your pool from falling leaves and twigs, which will result in less pool vacuuming. It will also protect your pool from becoming a hangout for insects, toads, ducks and other water-loving creatures.

5.  A Pool Blanket Means Less Pool Fuss
A blanket roller removes any hassle of covering or uncovering your pool. Using a roller, either one can be done in one minute or less! The roller will also tidy up your pool’s appearance and reduce wear and tear of your pool blanket.

6.  A Pool Blanket Means Energy Efficiency
If you heat your pool, a pool cover means great energy savings. Covering up will save your pool from needless evaporation and could save heating costs of 50% – 70%!

But remember, for your pool blanket to give you the best results and all these benefits, it needs to be fitted by a professional. Want to see more? See what kind of pool blankets and rollers we offer.