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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

Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is a healthy, low-cost activity that you can continue throughout your life. Swimming is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water.

The attached pdf document outlines some of the benefits of swimming and has been been reproduced from the Victorian Governments Better Health Channel.
View the PDF here: Pool Shop Swimming

Reference: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

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

7 Tips to Enjoy Your Summer

The Summer holidays are here! It’s hot, there’s time to spare and you’re getting restless staying at home. But what type of things can you get up to over the holidays to really enjoy them? We’ve come up with a short list of suggestions we feel you might like for the holidays.

1.       Travel

Feeling wanderlust? Then feed it with some travelling! You can always visit local gems within your state, head interstate, or even overseas to clear the cobwebs! Travelling is a great way for you to come back from the holidays feeling refreshed and ready to take on 2015.

2.       Don’t stay indoors all summer!

Remember that a screen isn’t all there is to life! It’s okay to leave it for a while and get outside to enjoy the sun and the weather. Explore the outdoors, meet some people, find new cafes and pubs or even lounge around the pool.

3.       Deepen relationships

There’s nothing better to know that you have valuable and meaningful relationships around you. Why not take the holidays to call your partner, family or friend out for a catch up? It doesn’t take long, and the investment into the relationship will be priceless.

4.       Enjoy the cold foods!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There are so many great cold foods that taste better when it’s hot. Ice cream, frozen yoghurt, cold fruits and frappes are just some that we recommend and enjoy.

5.       Summer clothing

It’s time to whip out the clothing you bought in anticipation for summer or even better, for those that need retail therapy, head out to the shops with friends to find a great new summer look.

6.       Summer projects

Always had an ambition to learn a new skill or create something? Use this time wisely to learn some new skills, or get your creative juices going and look to build something!

7.       Remember to relax

Finally, remember that these are the holidays! You’re allowed to take it easy, so relax. Find a book, get a new album worth listening to, walk around the park and then lie down on a picnic rug in the middle of it, get a massage or even just sleep in. You have these days so you can rest, recharge and experience the days to their fullest, so don’t neglect your own relaxation and recover.

We hope you’ve found something to help you enjoy your summer vacation with a bit of a kick! And remember, the team at the Pool Shop Liverpool is dedicated to you, the customer, to enjoy summer J If you have any questions about the chemicals or anything else pool / spa related don’t hesitate to contact us or stop by our shop. We are happy to help you with all of your questions.

Happy Holidays!

Getting Ready for Christmas

Christmas is approaching and many people are
stressing to get everything done in time. AndMerry Christmas of course there are also people who wait till the last moment to arrange everything. So if you are not completely done or even have to start planning, here are a few tips that can help you.

Tip 1 Christmas playlist

Every good party has music and it starts with a great Christmas playlist. Although it’s summer weather in Australia during the Christmas days, these songs may get you into the mood. A few of these songs are; All I want for Christmas is You, Underneath the Three and Jingle Bells.

Tip 2 Decorate

Nothing like celebrating Christmas with a Christmas tree or Santa hat. Don’t hesitate or limit yourself! You can decorate everything you want, even your pool! Give the pool lighting some custom red and green colors or decorate it with Santa hats or Red noses.

Tip 3 Christmas food and drinks

Besides cookies, a good gingerbread house is also a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit with your family. You can make it together with your children and eat it on Christmas day. For the Christmas dinner you can make traditional food together also. A good warm Christmas drink can be mint chocolate or some hearty eggnog, mmm.

Tip 4 Gifts

Receiving gifts and giving gifts to your dear ones is something we love about Christmas. Getting gifts is only half the fun, so make a list with the gifts you want to give to your family and friends. This can be something they’ve wanted for a long time or something fun. The feeling you get of seeing your loved ones feeling the warmth and happiness is one of the best feelings in the world.


This is perhaps the most important tip that we can give you. Christmas is about coming together and celebrate this time together with your loved ones. This will make you happy and the best preparation for these days is to be happy. These days are the only days where you don’t have to worry about anything else, except yourself and your family so remember to enjoy it!

Merry Christmas!

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Seven pool safety rules to teach your kids

The number of swimming pool drownings in Australia doubled last year and the number of pool accidents continues to rise. Children tend to get very excited around pools, of course you don’t want to take the joy of playing in a pool away from them, but making sure they are save is vital. Here are seven basic safety rules you could to teach your kids to make sure swimming pools remain a fun and a great thing to have at home!bigstock-Health-and-safety-22949744 1. Never let your kids go in or around the pool if there is no adult to supervise. If you are the adult, do not leave them alone, even for a minute. Take all you need with you (phone, sunscreen, towels etc.) when you are going out to the pool with the kids. If you need to go back inside, ask the kids to go out from the pool and sit for a minute.

2. Kids love playing in the water. That’s fine but one rule should be to not run around the pool as the floor gets slippery and hazardous really quickly.

3. Ask your kids to not push or jump on others as they can accidentally hurt someone or themselves.

4. Do not allow glass or potential hazards in the pool area as kids won’t be wearing shoes and could trip over them.

5. Toys should not be on the edge of the pool as children might tip over them and hurt themselves badly.

6. Do not allow your kids to go to the pool with part of the pool cover still covering it, they could get trapped under it. Always take off the cover entirely.

7. Do not explain to them how to open the pool gate, that way they will be forced to wait for you to go to the pool.

We hope these tips helped!

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How to be the best pool party planner EVER!

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Who does not LOVE a pool party? If you too you want to throw a pool party at your place for your friends, follow our tips to become the best pool party host ever!

1 – Beach party, Vegas Night or Pirate?
Picking a theme is the starting point to organizing a great pool party. Go for a popular, easy and funny theme that suits the age range (i.e. kids or adults) of the people you want to invite. This will help you find and choose some great decorations for in and around the pool.

2 – Music Maestro
A party is not a real party without music. Take some time to create several playlists to last through the day or night. Make sure to have enough music on there. You don’t want to be spending your time being the DJ during the party instead of enjoying it with your friends.

3 – PLAY
Have a look at our previous article to never run out of game ideas, this will help ensure that your guests never get bored!

4 – Time to go shopping
Make sure to have enough for everyone: noodles and toys and do not forget the plastic cups and plates. You do not want run the risk of broken glass in or around the pool area.
Also, feel free to ask your friends to bring some furniture such as umbrellas or small tables. Remind them to bring their own towels but be prepared just in case they forget!

5 – Food & Drinks
Are you worried about serving alcohol? Why not have an ‘alcohol free’ party with delicious fresh fruit cocktails? Also, if you would like to cook for your guests, keep it simple and fresh: BBQ, salad, watermelon, chips and guacamole for example!

Now you are ready! Have fun!

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