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4 Tips To Fight and Kill Algae Growth In Swimming Pools

Fight and Kill Algae Growth

For those who own a swimming pool, most know all too well about algae, the dark slimy stuff that grows within your pool.

How many of us have worked so hard to plan for a big backyard pool party, and suddenly the day before the guests are to arrive, the pool water is cloudy? Well, with the proper pool maintenance, this can be prevented.

Here are a few tips to help you fight and kill algae growth as well as maintaining your pool to stay free of this nasty growth of algae.

Pool pH Monitoring

To prevent the growth of algae keeping the proper pH level is vital. The Ideal pH for swimming pool water is between 7.2 to 7.8. There are pH testing kits you can purchase, which will show you the level at any given time. Hayward Pool Products has automated water chemistry control systems that will automatically maintain a healthy pH balance. Not only do these systems maintain pH levels, they always help to protect pool surfaces and equipment.

Shock The Pool

If you have not maintained the ph of the pool and algae starts to set in, it is time to shock the pool. Shock can be purchased at your local pool store or department store. The amount to add to the water will depend on the size of your pool. On the outside of the pool shock package or container, the correct amounts will be listed based on the size of pools. 

Note: No person or pet is to enter the pool until the safe level of chlorine is stabilized. The pool may look cloudy for a while, but this will clear up. You can also backwash the pool filter. 

In today’s time, many pool owners are changing from chlorine to saltwater pools. Saltwater pools are chlorine pools. The saltwater generator converts the salt into chlorine. However, maintaining the proper level of chlorine is easier, with less potential for algae growth. The system provides for clearer water, no chlorine smell, lower annual cost to maintain, and is gentler on the eyes and skin.

Add Algaecide

Once the pool is shocked correctly you can add algaecide. Like shock, the bottle will show the correct amount to add to your size pool. Again, do not enter the pool until the proper level has been achieved. 

Algae Disposal

Shocking and adding algaecide will kill the algae, however after, it needs to be disposed of correctly. Brush the walls of the entire pool vigorously. Make sure you get to hard to reach areas. New algae can be naked to the eye before it begins to grow. After brushing, vacuum the pool.

Once you have taken steps to fight and kill the algae, you can now focus on preventing further algae growth. 

  • Test ph levels daily and adjust if needed
  • Brush and vacuum regularly
  • Backwash periodically
  • If algae start to grow, treat immediately

Follow these steps to fight and kill algae growth, and you are on your way to beautiful crystal clear water.

We hope you have gained valuable knowledge reading our blog, 4 Tips To Fight and Kill Algae Growth In Swimming Pools. If you are looking to speak with a pool builder, feel free to contact Pools By Tom. We will be very happy to speak with you.