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Rain, rain, go away!

Rain, rain, go away!  We have experienced a high volume of rain water this isdriving everyone crazy here in Florida.  The heat is high and the water table is what does this mean for your swimming pool?  It means your chemicals will dilute (chlorine levels) and you are going to have to add more chlorine...more often to keep up!  As a service person this gets very expensive to maintain.  Backwashing an lowering the water due to the rising water from rain...also washes out chemicals that normally would remain in your pool for a longer period of time.  Calcium, stabilizer, and salt can be backwashed out and need to be replaced more often.  Speaking of salt...the generators cannot keep up with the demand.  You would have to be running your pump 24/7 just to produce the approximate 2 lbs of chlorine it would generate for a 10k just imagine what happens if you have more than 10k pool water.  All pool service people are having a heck of a time trying to keep enough chlorine in your pool on their visits.  If you only have your pool serviced once or twice a month...that is really not enough.  Weekly service is barely taking care of the customer's pools chlorine demand.  So, what can you do you ask?  Basically, add chlorine and check the pH/Total Alkalinity in between visits and add chemicals on your own or change up your service to weekly right now until cooler weather sets in.  You could pay for and ask your service person to leave you extra chlorine.  Just remember that any chlorine you add is going to effect your pH and your total alkalinity.  Those also have an effect on the effectiveness of your chlorine. 

Phosphates and Nitrates Oh My!

Do you have a persistent reoccurring algae bloom?  Do you live in Florida?  If you answered most likely are experiencing a problem due to phosphates and or nitrates.  Naturally occurring phosphates are the food that algae feeds on.  In Florida we have Phosphate mines so in some areas the problem is worse than others.  Phosphates are in just about everything from skin to fertilizers, etc...  Prior to the 70's phosphates were used in laundry detergents and when it was known to cause algae blooms in our lakes and rivers.

January 2013

January...what we can count on..taxes and last years bills coming due!  Pools are staying blue...less algae...beautiful weather in South Florida...Gasparilla...the State Fair is coming up and so is the Strawberry Festival..and don't forget your significant other on Valentine's Day! 

Labor Day

 Happy Labor Day all of you laborers.  I know I need a break from labor!  Click on  the picture to view the link to the History channel and the link to the history of labor day 

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Black Spot Algae

For Concrete Pools: Black algae...the worst of all algae in the swimming pool to treat.  This algae usually results from a prolonged absence of chlorine in the water.  If the water goes green and stays green for an extended period of time...that is when it rears it's ugly
head(s)...spores of course.  The algae have spores or heads which need to be brushed off with a metal brush to remove these heads (as much as manually possible) and then vacuum the swimming pool to waste.