How to Beat the Algae Growing in Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 07-04-2013 in Articles

It's another hot summer day, the heat is blistering and you and your family are ready to uncover that swimming pool and cool off in it. What do you find? Your once blue and crystal clear pool is now green with algae. How did that happen? What is algae? What can you do about it?

Algae spores are always coming into your swimming pool. It is carried by wind, rain, and even contaminated swimsuits. Green Algae is the most common. It floats around the water, and even sticks to swimming pool walls. As it grows, the pool water will become more and cloudier, and more and more green. Eventually you won't even be able to see the bottom of your swimming pool, and you may have to drain it completely. This can get expensive, especially if you have to refill your pool. Unsanitary pools, weak or no filtration are the biggest causes of algae. The best way to avoid algae is to keep a pool properly sanitized, pH balanced and properly filtered.

The worst thing you can do is ignore the algae in your swimming pool. We guarantee that it won't go away on its own. To get rid of the algae, first check your pH levels and your chlorine. The pH should be roughly between 7.2 and 7.8. The higher the pH the more basic your pool is, the lower it is the more acidic. Next is chlorine. If your pool has algae, the chances are your pool has little or no chlorine. To fix this, fill your floater with chlorine tablets, and add about 1 to 3 pounds of shock to your pool. The shock will boost your chlorine level very high very fast. The tablets will help maintain your swimming pool chlorine level. Chlorine is not enough. It will kill algae, but not nearly as fast as Pool Algaecide.

Now we'll focus on the algae problem. Chlorine will kill the algae very slowly. What is needed is swimming Pool Algaecide. Algaecide is formulated especially to kill existing algae and prevent further algae growth. It uses elemental copper dissolved in water specifically for that purpose. Follow the directions carefully. As the algae dies, it will sink to the bottom of your pool. Eventually, it will look like you have a green floor in your pool. All that is necessary now is to vacuum the algae up, and your pool will look like new again.

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