Get Sparkling Clean Again: Clear Up Pool Algae Fast
Imagine this: you are ready to spend an afternoon in the pool to cool off after a long hot summer day, only to find out you won’t be able to swim because there’s algae in the pool.
Not only is the rest of your afternoon ruined, you are stuck with the sundry task of having to clean up the pool.
Cleaning up a pool full of algae can be a tough task, but is a necessity. The first thing you have to do to properly clean up a pool is to determine what kind of algae invaded you are dealing with.
Types of Algae
Algae is a plant-like organism that grows in bodies of water. There are more than 20,000 species of algae, but the most common algae found in pools include the following:
Green algae – If the water is warm and has high phosphate and pH levels, then green algae will most likely grow out of it.
If this is not taken care of right away, the algae will turn into sheets of green, free-floating slime all over the pool in just a matter of hours, as it grows very fast.
Yellow algae – Yellow algae is also known as mustard algae because of its color. It has a powdery, pollen-like appearance.
Usually, it starts as small clumps growing on the shady part of the pool. While yellow algae is very easy to brush off, it can be difficult to remove from the pool because of its resistance to chlorine.
Also, after brushing it off, it has a tendency to grow back in the same spot if not treated properly.
The yellow clumps will then coalesce and form into sheets in the pool.
Black algae – Black algae is even worse than green algae and yellow algae. It usually starts to form as a small black clump on the pool’s floor, walls, and skimmers.
Once the black algae spores start growing from the surface, they begin to take root and burrow through any cracks or crevices in the pool.
This is usually the time that homeowners will first notice the presence of black algae in their swimming pools, and by then, it is already very late in the removal process because that black spot is just the head of the entire algae that has already accumulated over time.
Getting rid of black algae requires a significant amount of vigorous brushing to knock the head off for the chlorine to penetrate the roots.
Your Ultimate Tool to Kill Algae
Chlorine is still the best tool to kill off the algae in your pool. “Shocking” the pool with chlorine is the most efficient and effective way to kill it.
It may take 24 to 48 hours to bring back your pool’s pristine and glistening waters, or may even require up to a week of shocking if the algae problems are rather complicated.
Step 1. Identify the kind of algae growing in your pool in order to determine the proper treatment for it.
Step 2. Make sure that the pool’s filter is well-maintained. Turn on the pump long enough to make sure that the pool’s water is filtered.
Step 3. Brush the algae off the pool’s walls and floor using a pool brush to loosen it up.
Step 4. Check the pH levels of your pool using test strips. The normal pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
Step 5. Shock the pool with a chlorine-based treatment.
The following day, test the pool again to make sure all of the algae has been treated. All algae should have turned white or gray, and have settled into the swimming pool’s floor.
Algae could still be hiding in obscure places that are out of sight, so if you missed something, shock the pool again if needed. Once you are sure that all of the algae is dead, vacuum off the dead algae from the pool.
Cleaning a swimming pool and removing algae from it can be a complicated process, depending on the kind of algae and the severity of the issue. If you aren’t sure how to do it on your own, our pool pros would be happy to help! Get in touch with Pleasure Pools now for expert advice!