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In Woodstock, GA, swimming is a must in the scorching summer months. It is the only effective way to relax in dangerous levels of heat without having to rely on dusty and stale indoor air. Unfortunately, your pool is not without its flaws. It is standing water, after all. If you have seen a dirty puddle by the curb of your street, then you know what can happen to standing water outdoors: fungi, insects, grime, and even animals can be attracted to it.
Then there is another danger, one that is particularly hard to spot: phosphates. Phosphates are known by most Americans as common food additives. But did you know that phosphates can naturally occur in your swimming pool? In fact, most pool companies in Woodstock, like us, know to keep an eye on phosphate levels. Read on to learn about these unwelcome chemicals, how much, if any, should occur in the pool, and what can be done to regulate them.
Vegetation like leaves, sticks, and grass falling in your pool
Tap water spilling into the pool via irrigation systems or in trace amounts via wet clothing
Cosmetics, including lotion and sunscreen
Pool cleaning chemicals
Fertilizers in your yard
Pets entering the pool
Discoloring your pool water
Attracting algae that feeds on phosphorus, spiking their levels, which can make swimming unsafe
Disrupting salt systems like Pentair Intellichlors, which use ordinary table salt to chlorinate your pool
Harming other pool equipment and systems because of phosphates’ tendency to cling to metals