The unfortunate fire situation in BC has one more consequence that we want to be sure you’re aware of. Smoke is bad for swimming pools. All the particulate and contaminants floating in the air can play havoc with your water balance, not to mention making a mess of pools, decks, and covers. At times like this when the air is hazy, you should be checking your chlorine level every few days to ensure it is adequate and that your pH level is staying within range.
There is a good chance you will need to increase the amount of chlorine you are adding to the water to keep it safe for swimming. We are seeing an increase in low chlorine or chlorine demand occurrences, and a number of pools with pH levels rising quickly. When pH levels get too high, not only does it affect swimmer comfort, but it lessens the effectiveness of chlorine, exacerbating that issue.
It is also a good idea to rinse off or sweep pool covers and decks if there is a buildup of ash or soot on them to keep it from getting tracked into the water. If in doubt about your water quality, remember you can bring a water sample into the store anytime and our analysts can test it for you and make recommendations on how to keep your pool sparkling clean and safe!