Swim season is nearly here! This means all pool owners are prepping for a summer of amazing aquatic activity. As you are stocking up on all the things your pool will need, you might unfortunately encounter the chlorine storage that is affecting the nation. Bonnie & Clyde’s Pools and Spas wants to help you prepare for this. Here are some tips for how to care for your pool during a chlorine shortage.
Diligently Decrease Debris
First, you can try to naturally keep organic debris out of your pool to lessen the amount of chemicals you need to add. We have Automatic Cleaners and accessories to help you with this task. A leaf net is the perfect cover to help keep out twigs, leaves, and other foliage. Covering the pool when not in use will help to keep these items out and keep the valuable chemicals in. A little extra vacuuming with specialized vacuum heads is a great way to combat debris that might actually make it into the water.
Faithfully Flush Filters
Next, you want to regularly keep an eye on your pool’s filter. At Bonnie & Clyde’s, we carry sand filters that are very efficient and user friendly. The filter will catch the debris that still makes it into the pool during swimming time. The sand in the filter can be cleaned or replaced as needed. Our Filter X filter cleaner is a great piece to include in your pool equipment collection. One of our knowledgeable staff can discuss our Pump and Filtration Systems with you to make sure your pool has the one that will help it run most smoothly.
Additionally Add Algaecide
Another preventative measure you can take is to add a weekly algaecide to your pool. This simple treatment greatly diminishes the pool’s need for chlorine tabs and chlorine shock. We have all-purpose algaecide that is perfect for your pool, depending on its size. Algae Pro 30 is designed for pools under 10,000 gallons. Algae Pro 60 is made for pools up to 25,000 gallons. We also have an Algaestroy Plus to knock out stubborn algae.
Preventively Probe for Phosphate’s Presence
The phosphate level in the pool water needs to be monitored often. This will help with making the best use of the chlorine in the water. A high phosphate level means the available chlorine is being quickly depleted. We have a weekly treatment that would be great to use called Pool Perfect + PhosFree to prevent the phosphate level from climbing. If the level is already too high, PRO SERIES® PhosREMOVE™ is a great tool to use to lower it quickly.
Regularly Recheck Routine Items
It is crucial to also keep up with the regular maintenance that a pool requires. All of our 6 convenient locations offer FREE water testing. Two monthly checks are recommended, at minimum. Testing the water chemistry often gives you the peace of mind that the levels are where they should be. Balanced alkalinity and pH help to keep the chlorine level balanced.
Chlorine tabs are small but powerful. Only one or two tablets are needed to sanitize 10,000 gallons of water. Use your tablets sparingly, and they will last much longer.
These handy hints will help you know how to care for your pool during a chlorine shortage. Our team is available to help with any questions you come across during your summer swim season.