First, a confession: Over the winter I wasn't diligently brushing my pool.
With that out of the way, when I got my pool brush out of the plastic storage hutch outside that it'd been living in, the metal parts of the brush were covered in a kind of chalky substance, like it had oxidized or crystalized or something over the winter. I decided to buy a new brush rather than re-introduce that to my water, but I just pulled out my new brush after a week's storage and the silvery metal parts of it did the same thing, but on a lesser scale. Is this an indication of something bad in my water?
I also noticed that my pool cleaner, which was a kind of naturally sun-faded red, faded to an extreme just from being stored 24 hours in that hutch. There are chemicals and chlorine tablets in there, but they are all sealed. Okay, now that I think about it the lid on the chlorine tablet bucket may not be completely screwed down. Could that cause this? Did I bleach poor Christine with fumes?? (I just went out and got that lid sealed up, either way.)
Worst Pool Parent ever.