8 Steps To Remove Algae from your Swimming Pool

8 Steps To Remove Algae from your Swimming Pool
December 08/2015

To remove algae from your swimming pool, simply follow the step-by-step instructions below:

Step 1: Check filter; Does it need to be cleaned. If it does, backwash it or clean your cartridge element as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: Thoroughly brush your swimming pool walls of any algae. Use a wall brush that is compatible with your bakcyard pool’s wall type to avoid any damage. Stainless steel brushes, while the most effective type of brush, can ONLY be used on concrete pools.

Step 3: Determine the type of algae your swimming pool is infected with and buy an appropriate algaecide. While most algaecides will take care of common green and blue-green algae, they are ineffective against tougher pink, mustard, and black algae strains. There are many different algaecides available to target and eliminate your specific algae problem. Visit your local pool & spa specialist for more information, and follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper use.

Step 4: Verify sanitizer level & continue to add sanitizer until a stable residual level is maintained.

Step 5: Verify and re-clean your filter as needed.

Step 6: If water remains white and cloudy for more than a few days, then a clarifier may be needed to increase the performance of your filter system. Add the appropriate type of clarifier for your filtration system as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 7: If your algae problem still persists after scrubbing and applying an algaecide and a clarifier, then you may have a high phosphate problem. Phosphates can get into your swimming pool in many different ways. After being exposed to the sun they will transform into a food source for algae. If this is the case, then no amount of algaecide will be able to kill them off. To determine if your pool has high phosphate levels simply purchase a pool phosphate testing kit, which will give you accurate results in just a few minutes. If your pool has high levels buy a reputable phosphate remover. Once applied to your pool, the phosphate levels will fall dramatically, killing the algae in a matter of days.

Step 8: Check if the chemical levels have returned to normal before entering your swimming pool. This will help prevent any irritation or bodily harm. Refer to the instructions on the algaecide bottle for proper guidelines.

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