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Algae Prevention - 10 Easy Ways To Keep Your Swimming Pool Healthy And Algae Free

Apr 28th 2015 at 12:50 AM

Sometimes algae can feel like a curse. Especially when it grows in your swimming pool. Unfortunately, your pool will never be completely algae free - it's water, after all. But, there are some actions and treatments that you can do to stunt algae growth and prevent big blooms. The following are 10 easy ways to keep your swimming pool healthy and mostly algae free.

General cleanliness of the pool is important.
Bacteria and any organic material can contribute to a faster algae growth. Regular brushing of the walls and floors and vacuuming are amazingly effective ways to remove algae.

Pool Shock
Shock is a granular form of highly concentrated chlorine. The elevated chlorine level makes the pool water conditions unlivable for anything that is organic. Algae doesn't like that, obviously.

Maintaining the pH level.
Alkaline water stops chlorine from killing algae in your swimming pool. You can use a pH decreaser, to correct the pH level to the recommended level of 7.2-7.6.

Check chlorine levels frequently.
Chlorine levels in your swimming pool can be easily and quickly diminished by rain, poor maintenance or high numbers of swimmers. Check chlorine levels during these circumstances, and on a regular basis.

Use of Chlorine enhancers.
Chlorine enhancers are chemical substances that are used in conjunction with chlorine. As the name implies, these solutions are meant to provide the chlorine with what it needs to properly sanitize the pool.

Use of specialty chemicals.
Specialty chemicals provide a backup to normal sanitation and filtration process. These chemicals and solutions will come into play in special circumstances, like if the pool develops slime or mold. They typically target a specific type of algae or a specific set of factors.

Use of Algaecides and algeastats.
Algaecides are substances that are used to prevent or get rid of algae in your swimming pool. There are a number of different products out there, so consulting with your pool company is a good idea.

Green Algae Prevention.
It's the most common type of algae caused by poor filtration and water sanitation. When standing water stagnates, it provides time for algae to form.

- Make sure that the pool filter is clean and running properly.
- Adjust the pH level.
- Add algaecide and allow it to work overnight.
- Brush and vacuum your pool the next day.
- Clean the filter.

Yellow/Mustard and Black Algae Prevention.
Yellow/Mustard Algae and Black Algae are the kind of algae that is difficult to prevent. This is best handled by professionals and specialist chemicals.

- Test the water and adjust the pH levels.
- Brush and vacuum the surfaces.
- Clean the filter.
- Add pool shock.
- Add algaecide and allow it to work overnight.
- Brush and vacuum again the next day.
- Clean the filter again.
- Retest the water pH level.

Pink Algae Prevention.
This is the kind of algae that grows in the corners of your pools, which is hard to battle because it is a slow growing bacteria. Adequate scrubbing helps to limit its growth.

You can also visit the Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches’ website at for more information and tips on maintaining your South Florida swimming pool in pristine condition.

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