No matter how much of a designer shape your pool takes on, and regardless of the water features that you add or the liner you select, none of that will make up for poor water quality and an algae-infested pool. And if there’s one thing about pool algae that we all know, it’s that once it starts proliferating, it can be difficult to eliminate. Regardless of your preferred method to eliminate it, we’re pretty sure you’d agree that it’s better if you can prevent it from growing in the first place. So let’s look at a few important ways to prevent algae of any color from growing in your pool. (Spoiler alert: A lot of it goes back to good, old fashioned cleaning. We just can’t emphasize that enough.)
Clean Your Pool’s Filter Regularly
A clean filter will effectively circulate your pool water and remove any particles from the water. By contrast, a filter that’s not clean won’t be able to perform that job effectively. Acting similarly to how lungs do in your body, pool filters won’t work as well if they’re clogged in any way. A clean filter will make sure algae spores are filtered out as quickly as possible, keeping algae from getting a chance to grow and affecting the water quality of your pool.
Keep Your Pool’s Pump Functional
If your pool’s filter is like its lungs, your pool’s pump is like its heart. If your body’s heart isn’t pumping at its best, your body won’t be functioning well. In a similar way, if your pool pump isn’t in good working order or its strainer basket is clogged, circulation will be reduced. Reduced circulation will, in turn, keep your filter from working as well as it should. Be sure to vacuum through your pool’s skimmer before cleaning your pump strainer basket.
Make Sure Your Water Is Balanced
You should check water balance on a weekly basis, and make sure your pool maintains a 1.5 to 2.0 ppm level of free chlorine (at the very least). Maintaining a minimum of those levels will ensure that your pool water is consistently sparkling clear. The higher the ph reads, the less effective your chlorine will be, so make sure to super shock your pool at last once a month throughout the summer months to make sure that your chlorine is able to fight algae as much as possible. If you do notice a strong chlorine odor, remember that that’s a sign your chlorine is not being effective in fighting algae blooms.
Keep up with Pool Cleaning
An automatic pool cleaner might be a worthwhile investment, allowing you to clean your pool floor regularly. Even with that handy tool, you’ll still need to manually brush your pool’s walls and steps, keeping dirt and debris (which provides food for algae) from building up.
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