Algae is a stubborn growth that can ruin a summer of fun in the pool if not taken care of properly. Pool owners are almost always faced with algae at some point, but with some simple prevention methods, algae blooms can be avoided.
+ One of the most important steps to maintaining an algae-free pool is carefully monitoring the chlorine levels. Since chlorine sanitizes the pool and prevents algae from growing, it is essential to keep chlorine levels in the desired range at all times. Automatic or floating chlorinators can greatly help you maintain the correct chlorine level but it is absolutely possible to do so without one. Test the water regularly all year long.
+ Pool shock and algaecide should also be used regularly. Using the correct chemicals at the recommended amount will help you prevent algae from ever blooming in your pool. Read package instructions carefully.
The most common places for algae growth include pool walls, floors, and steps. These areas are also sometimes the most difficult places to spot algae so it’s important to keep all areas as clean as possible.
+ Get the proper brush for your pool type (Wire brushes should never be used for vinyl-lined, fiberglass, acrylic, or painted pools. These abrasive brushes should only be used on concrete or plaster pools.), and be sure to brush once a week.
+ In addition to brushing, pools must also be skimmed regularly. The surface of your pool is where algae loves to grow, so keeping a clean surface will help you avoid algae growth. Empty skimmer and filter baskets often as well. Debris in the pool can burn up your chlorine, as the chlorine will be spent trying to sanitize whatever is in the pool.
It’s crucial to keep an eye on your pool year round to avoid algae as best as possible. Follow instructions to keep your chemicals well balanced and be sure to maintain a clean, debris free surface.