Phosphates in your swimming pool can be a problem all year round and slowly build up over time, however, we typically see a spike in the levels of phosphates in pools when there is heavy rain, windy conditions & dust storms. Read on below to keep your pool water clear and phosphate-free all year round.

What Are Phosphates?

Phosphate or Phosphorous is essentially food for algae and other aquatic plants and they depend on it to grow.

A major factor in the presence of algae in swimming pools despite the use of chlorine and other sanitisers is the presence of Phosphate in the water.

The biggest issues for swimming pool owners from increased phosphate levels are excessive or stubborn algae blooms and rapid chlorine consumption.

How Do Phosphates Get in the Pool?

Phosphates can enter your pool in a few different ways: From swimmer’s bodies such as sweat, & skin. From the environment such as leaves, twigs, dirt, dust, and bugs blown in from the wind or washed into the pool from heavy rain along with fertilizers and pesticides used around the pool or on the debris that blows in. They can also come from adding water to the pool from water tanks, which can all increase the levels of phosphates in the pool water.

Removing Phosphates

For the swimming pool owner, the removal of phosphates is very important to maintaining good water quality. By using Pool Pro phosphate remover this simple chemical treatment will reduce or remove the phosphates from the water.

Once the phosphates have been removed, it’s important to maintain a low phosphate level. This will ensure clean water, better chlorine performance, and no algae.

Phosphate removal is key to keeping pools algae-free, maintaining quality water, and allowing other chemicals to work most effectively.

Preventing Phosphates in the future

Restrict runoff from lawns, landscaping, or washing decks entering the pool
Remove leaves and other debris from the pool regularly
As additional insurance against recurring algae, a “long life” algaecide is recommended to be used in conjunction with the phosphate removal treatment. A copper-based algaecide will maintain its efficiency over a long period of time and in doing so, assist the phosphate remover to do its job more effectively.
• Regularly test your pool water for phosphates and treat when necessary

Bring a pool sample to us today and we can check your Phosphate levels along with all your other pool chemical balances. Alternatively, you can use the button below to book one of our highly trained pool technicians to come to you.