The ABCs of Algae 7 Easy Steps for Keeping Algae Out of Your Pool
Staying on top of a pool’s chemical parameters during the warm summer months can be tricky. But failing to do so can quickly lead to algae blooms. To prevent algae from spoiling your pool-time fun, here are 7 easy tips and tricks:
Clean your pool regularly. Vacuum your pool at least once a week and brush the bottom and walls (particularly along the water line) several times during the summer to prevent the growth of algae.
Use a cover, especially if your pool will not be used for a length of time. Chlorine evaporates more quickly when exposed to the sun, making algae growth more likely.
Add algaecide to your pool water every week (or even daily) to prevent and eliminate algae spores.
Check the phosphate level of your pool water often so that it doesn’t get too high; phosphates are a source of nourishment for algae.
Monitor the water’s pH and alkalinity, as unbalanced parameters may reduce the effectiveness of algae treatments.
Choose an efficient filtration system. Filtration problems are often the root cause of algae blooms. Run the filtration system at all times, and make sure the jets are properly positioned.
Enjoy your pool and swim! Movement in the pool improves water circulation, whereas stagnant water stimulates algae growth.
3 most common types of pool algae:
Green algae is by far the most common type of algae found in pools. Fortunately, it’s also the easiest to eliminate. Green algae makes the walls of the pool slippery and turns the water green and cloudy. It also requires using larger quantities of chlorine.
Black algae is actually blue-green algae that looks black. It often appears as small splotches on the bottom and walls of the pool. This type of algae has an outer protective layer that makes it resistant to chlorine, which renders conventional disinfection methods ineffective. As a result, black algae is more difficult to treat.
Yellow algae is powdery and sticks to the walls of the pool. It, too, is resistant to chlorine, which also makes it difficult to eliminate. Treatment with a specially formulated algaecide is often necessary.
There are many methods out there for treating algae. But prevention is always the best – and easiest – approach!