As we move into the warmer months, longer daylight hours and stronger sunlight wreak havoc with chlorine levels in your investment property’s pool.
Strong sunlight strips chlorine and this increases the risk of your tenant’s pool turning green as algae levels build up.
If your property’s pool is salt water chlorinated, there’s an increased risk because the amount of chlorine in your pool relates directly to the length of time for which your pool filter runs each day. If your pool requires your tenant to add chlorine liquid or granules, it’s vital they maintain adequate levels of chlorine, otherwise your filter will struggle to work efficiently, potentially leading to a green pool and the need for expensive chemicals to correct the situation.
Time to increase your pump’s hours
Naturally, like refrigerators, hot water services and air conditioners, pool pumps are amongst the larger consumers of electricity in your tenant’s home. This makes it tempting to cut back on the number of hours a pump runs each day.
However, while it’s quite acceptable, in fact recommended, to reduce your pump’s running hours during winter, the opposite is true in the warmer months. At this time of year, we ask tenants to speak to their property manager about the recommended number of hours a pump should be running each day. With salt water pools, running the pump at night can help reduce a tenant’s electricity bill as the chlorine produced is not immediately affected by sunlight, and it may be able to reduce the pump’s running hours slightly.
Getting back to blue can be expensive
Once a pool has turned green, it can be a pretty expensive process getting it back to blue.
Getting the experts in from Poolwerx is usually the fastest path to a solution. A pool advisor tests your water and calculates exactly what volume of chemicals will be needed to bring your water’s PH levels back to normal.
After that, the process of re-establishing correct chlorine levels can begin. Of course providing tenant education is also integral to our processes, but as electricity prices increase, the temptation to cut back running hours rises.