Green algae swampA pool is a thing of beauty with crystal clear and sparkling water. Not to mention how it feels to be immersed in the clear water on a warm day. Nothing beats it. However, there is an enemy to your pool’s crystal clear water — algae. Algae, or other tiny particles, suspended in your swimming pool can damage its beauty, stop you from diving into the pool, or worse, damage or stain your pool.

Algae are microscopic plants that grow and float in water, even on pool surfaces. They are usually green in color, but you can also find black, pink, mustard or yellow algae. For the unfortunate, it can seem like the water in the pool turns a cloudy green (or black, etc.) overnight. Preventing algae requires constant vigilance.

Top 10 Tips on Algae Prevention in Swimming Pools

1. Clean your pool

Scheduled brushing and vacuuming of your pool’s walls and floors removes early algae colonies.

2. Keep an eye on your filter.

It is important that you wash your filter on a regular basis to remove the collected algae or any dirt        that are trapped inside, as well as preventing the filtration process from slowing down. Cleaning your filter chemically with filter cleaner is also recommended.

3. Keep the water moving

Keep in mind that algae starts when the water stops. It is vital that you prevent your water from stagnating. Make sure your pool water constantly flows and filter it regularly.

4. Pool shock 

High levels of chlorine in your pool can kill anything that is organic, including algae. Shock is a granular form of a highly concentrated chlorine, and should be used at regular intervals (per the product instructions).

5. pH level maintenance 

The ideal pH level in your pool is between 7.2 to 7.6. It is important that you check the pH level of your pool on a regular basis and treat as needed to level it out.

6. Chlorine level maintenance

 Chlorine prevents algae from growing in your swimming pools, yet chlorine levels can be easily depleted by heavy rain or poor maintenance. In such cases, have your pool tested and add, as needed.

7. Chlorine Enhancers

These are chemicals that are used to improve chlorine in getting rid of algae. Examples of chlorine enhancers are Mustard Buster and Yellow Treat.

8. Algaecides 

These are substances that can kill algae and prevent them from growing back, if done regularly. Examples of algaecides are Copper-based algaecide and Silver-based algaecide.

9. Specialty Chemical

Unlike algaecides, these chemicals cannot kill algae, but they enhance the sanitation and filtration process in your swimming pool. An example of specialty chemicals is Potassium Tetrabonate

10. Use your pool 

Swim in your pool as much as possible. Swimmers can stir up the water and debris, making the water flow, allowing the skimmer to catch more, thus improving the water filtration even more.

For more information on how are you going to keep your swimming pool algae free, you can call the Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches at (561) 203-0270 or click the link here We’re ready to help!