Algae – Not the Kind of Green You Want
There are green things we love, like money and beautiful grass, but when the green is algae in your pool, that has to be taken care of. If you aren’t sure how to get rid of algae and especially prevent algae, you may find it sneaks up on you at the most inopportune times like right before a pool party.
What Is Algae?
Algae are plants that grow naturally in water so it’s not hard to understand why you might see some creeping into your pool. Algae create food through the process of photosynthesis. Of course, algae does exist in different colors but green is going to be the most common color you see in pools. You could notice algae that is light green, dark green or even a bluish green. You could notice that your water becomes hazy and even cloudy and it could float in the water or may coat your pool’s sides and bottom. If you allow algae to grow in your pool it could clog your pool filters and damage your pool surfaces.
Why Is My Pool Water Green?
To keep your pool’s water clean, it requires ongoing maintenance. This means you are going to see to sanitize it regularly to prevent algae from taking hold of your pool. If you have a large number of swimmers in your pool, you may need to up the number of chemicals that are used in the water in order to keep it clean and bacteria free.
Another reason you may have algae in your pool is the trees and other vegetation growing around the pool area. This environment will mean there is an abundance of shade over the pool and this can cause problems. Any time you decrease the sunlight on a pool, you are increasing the probability of algae in your pool.
Using yard and lawn chemicals? If the products you are using contain a high percentage of phosphates and nitrates you could contaminate your pool and cause algae to start growing. Rainstorms can also change the balance of your pool chemicals so after you have a heavy rain, make sure to add more chlorine and sanitizer so your algae problem doesn’t take place.
Keeping the Green Pool At Bay
If you do not want algae to take over your pool, keep the sanitizer levels maintained properly at all times. You should also have the pool filter running at least 10 hours out of each 24. This is especially true when the pool is in use. Once a week you should vacuum your pool and brush the interior.
If you are experiencing challenges with algae, you should use an algicide and shock the pool once a week to keep the algae away. Make sure to clean any recreational items that come from the pool so you do not reintroduce algae into your beautiful pool water.