July 30, 2004
I like the color green — just not in my pool. With the monsoon, heat and humidity, it’s perfect algae-growing season. It seems like it can pop up overnight. Here are a few tips to keep your pool sparkling:
• Keep leaves and twigs out of the pool. They can start the breeding process almost instantly. Debris should be removed daily. But don’t just skim the top: Be sure to remove leaves and stuff from the bottom as well.
• Use the right brush to sweep the sides and bottom. Plastic bristles are fine for smooth surfaces, but if you have a pebble or smooth pebble finish, then you need one that has wire bristles combined with plastic. Remember: Just because you don’t see anything growing doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Especially this time of year, your pool should be brushed daily. Pool brushes wear out. Replace them every year.
• Test your chemicals daily. The intense sun eats them up. You can have your water analyzed free at any Leslie’s Pool store. Bring in a sample from about 2 feet below the surface. This analysis can help you spot a problem before it starts. It only takes a minute, and you will get the results almost immediately. If there is a problem, the staff will tell you how to solve it.
• Watch "On the Go With Terri O" at our new time and place: 6:30 p.m. Saturday on KPHO-TV (Channel 5). Roger from CDC Pools will show us the three most important chemicals you need to keep your pool free of algae, oil and stains. We’ll also make taco salad in a bag and offer tips on making the perfect baked potato.