All you need to know about algae and your swimming pool

March 23, 2016

Algae are a single-cell organism that can be carried by the wind and rain and can make the clearest of pools green overnight.

If your chlorine levels are low, algae can get a hold and affect the clarity and quality of your pool water.

While algae itself isn’t harmful to swimmers, it can make the water a more hospitable home to bacterial such as E-coli, which can make you fall ill.

There are several different types of algae that can affect your backyard pool, from green algae, to mustard algae and the dreaded black spot.

Here are a few troubleshooting tips for dealing with algae of all types quickly and effectively:
1. Ensure your pool PH is between 7.2 and 7.6
2. Turn the pool pump off to avoid circulating the water and to ensure you can more accurately target the trouble spots.
3. Use your pool brush to scrub the areas vigorously, paying particular attention to the steps and the filter.
4. Treat your pool with an overnight algaecide.
5. Vacuum the pool thoroughly the next day to remove any residual particles.
6. Turn the pump back on.
7. If the water remains cloudy, there are still some dead algae cells in the water; this is easily fixed with a clarifying product to get sparkle back in your water.
With anything, prevention is better than cure. Regularly checking the PH levels of your pool water and staying on top of pool maintenance will ensure your pool is much less susceptible to algae infestation.

For more information on how to keep your pool in perfect condition, contact Blue Haven Pools today on 13 20 25

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