Every pool owner knows that a green pool is a symptom of an unhealthy pool. Proper upkeep of pool chemical levels can usually prevent this, but one common cause is often overlooked.
What you don’t know…
In Florida, pools are often part of a beautiful landscape design and a perfectly manicured lawn. Despite the state’s optimal growing conditions, many homeowners rely on fertilizers to keep plants looking lush and green. Sometimes, the chemicals used to maintain a green lawn can also cause a green pool. The reason for this is the introduction of fertilizing chemicals into pool water. Unfortunately, many homeowners aren’t aware of this possibility and accidentally cause their pools to turn green without realizing it.
It can be easier than you think.
What’s growing in my pool?!
Everyone wants a beautiful landscape, but no one wants a green pool. The problem is that many of the same chemicals that keep our plants green are a perfect food source for algae. For example, phosphate and nitrogen are two of the main elements in common fertilizers. These elements are also a major food source for algae. Pools often become green or cloudy because of the growth of algae.
It’s more than just a nuisance
While it is very unsightly, the algae itself is not dangerous. However, algae is a perfect food source for harmful bacteria. Here a few of the most common health problems that can arise from pool bacteria:
- Gastrointestinal Illnesses
- Skin Lesions
- Respiratory Infections
- Swimmer’s Ear
Keep your yard out of the pool!
When it comes to keeping and maintaining a beautiful landscape, proper fertilization techniques are extremely important. These techniques are just as important when it comes to keeping a healthy pool. Unfortunately, many homeowners aren’t aware of this.
Cross-contamination can be prevented.
Avoiding over-fertilizing, applying fertilizer around patterns of rainfall, and keeping plants that require fertilization a safe distance from your pool can help. Another option is to use natural fertilizers and compost. However, regardless of how you choose to maintain a beautiful landscape, you must also continue to kill algae using chlorine.
Beautiful landscape/ beautiful pool
Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or have a professional landscaping company maintaining your property, take all necessary steps to prevent cross-contamination. Not only is a green pool unsightly, but the algae that causes this eyesore can create a haven for bacterial growth. Remember that no matter how much you want to keep your landscape beautiful, you want to keep your pool healthy and beautiful too!