As a result of the recent arctic blast in Texas, many of you may be unable to properly circulate your pool water due to damage to your pool's equipment and plumbing. Our Texas Pinch A Penny stores are working as quickly as possible to respond to every request, provide estimates for repairs and get your pool system back up and operational. We have some helpful tips to help keep your pool from turning into a murky, green swamp until your pool equipment is repaired.

Circulating Your Pool Water

If you have power, consider getting a submersible pump to help move the water, or using a robotic pool cleaner to stir it up. If you do not have power, brush your walls, floor, steps and tanning ledge to reduce build-up and keep the water moving. Skim the pool surface to remove leaves or other debris that may be present.

Keeping Your Water Balanced

Stabilized chlorine tablets, like the type used in automatic feeders or floating chlorinators, mix with the pool water slowly and take time to dissolve. Without proper circulation, we recommend shocking your pool with Suncoast Gold Liquid Chlorinating Shock to provide a quick and high concentration of unstabilized chlorine. Shocking will kill bacteria and other nasty things lurking in your pool water. Use 1 gallon of liquid shock for every 10,000 gallons of pool water.

While we generally advise keeping your pool water properly balanced, don't get too hung up on having the perfect pool if your water isn't circulating. Adding chemicals without circulation could create scaling and discoloration and damage your pool surfaces. Bring a water sample to your neighborhood Pinch A Penny store for a FREE water test so we can point you in the right direction.

Warmer temperatures and the spring algae bloom are right around the corner. Use Suncoast All In One Algaecide to kill and prevent every type of algae, including black, green and yellow mustard algae. It’s non-foaming and not metallic or corrosive, so there are no concerns about damaging your pool surface or equipment. We recommend 4 ounces per 10,000 gallons of pool water.

If you have additional questions, reach out to your local Pinch A Penny team today!


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