How To Deal With Pool Algae Problems
Having a pool in your yard can provide you, your family and friends with the opportunity to make any gathering even more fun – especially during those lazy summer days. But a pool can quickly stop being a pleasure and become a pain when algae start to become a problem.
If you are faced with an algae issue then what are the steps you need to take to restore the water quality of the pool?
Firstly it’s important to realize that there are a number of different types of algae, green, black and yellow being the most common – however homeowners are usually faced with green algae – that is the organism most often that ruins your swimming experience and relaxation. It can quickly turn your pool into something that resembles a swamp.
The presence of Green Algae is usually a result of poor filtration and inadequate treatment with chemicals such as chlorine. Another reason for the presence of Green Algae is that your pool pump is not providing for proper water circulation. The first step in finding the root of the problem is to make sure that the pump is working at full capacity. Also, make sure that the filter system is operating correctly.
If the problem persists, it’s time to step up your chlorination game – in other words; it’s time for a ‘Shock’ treatment.
The amount of chlorine that you will need to shock the algae out of existence is dependent on the size of your pool. A good rule of thumb is that 1 pound of chlorine should be used for every 10,000 gallons of water. But there’s another factor.
That sort of shock treatment is excellent for algae which have not progressed to a darker green. If you can see the bottom of the pool a stage, one shock treatment should sort the problem out.
Once the problem has gotten worse, you may have to up the chlorine game and start multiplying the amount of chlorine you are going to be using for the shock treatment. In fact for larger pools of around 40,000 gallons, if the problem has gotten this bad, you may need to triple the amount of chlorine that you are using.
There’s another way to treat problem algae – and that is through the use of a ‘flocculant.’ This is a chemical that causes algae to adhere to it and then sink to the bottom of the pool where it can be dealt with by the automated pool cleaning device that keeps the surfaces clean – or by manual vacuum. You will have to allow the chemical to do its job. Set your filter to recirculate to ensure that the chemical is properly mixed into the water.
Wait 24 hours and then begin the vacuum process after brushing off stairs and making sure that your pool cleaning appliance can reach the surfaces where the algae have settled.
Some pool experts recommend shocking once the vacuum process has been completed.
Following these measures will return your pool to a condition where entertaining is a pleasure for all involved. Make sure that your swimming pool experience is excellent – deal with algae as soon as it appears.