In this article, you are going to learn how to maintain your Northern Virginia swimming pool so it doesn’t grow algae. Premier Pools & Spas will also recommend tips on how to remove algae from your swimming pool.
If you are dealing with algae, you should know these are common problems when you do not properly maintain your pool. Algae is a bacteria that rapidly multiplies when there is slow-flowing water that has nutrients and plenty of sunlight. July & August is the favorite time for algae to take residence in your pool. While algae isn’t necessarily dangerous to you, they could be a good home for harmful bacteria.
Green algae – The is the most common form. It can be free-floating or wall-clinging and if you brush properly and use proper shocking techniques and use an algaecide, you should be good to get rid of these annoyances.
Black algae – You are usually going to find these in rough surfaces like crack, crevices and plaster finishes. You won’t see them affecting water clarity but you are not going to be able to get rid of them with normal chlorine levels.
Yellow aka Mustard algae – You are going to find these in shady places of your pool. They form a sheet that is difficult to get rid of all the way. You are going to have to use an aggressive chlorine treatment when you want to get rid of yellow algae.
Pink algae – You will find they are considered to be bacteria as well but they spread slowly. You are normally going to find them in the corners of your pool, which can also be cleared with shock or chlorine.
Treating Algae – Simple Plan
When you are ready to treat the algae in your pool, use this simple plan to get rid of them for good. If this doesn’t work, you will need to call in a pool service professional to help you get rid of them.
#1 – Remove the leaves and other debris out of your pool before treating algae.
#2 – Make sure your pool filter is clean and in proper running order so it is able to circulate as good as possible once the task is finished.
#3 – Once you are done, test your water to see if the pH level is between 7.4 and 7.6. If it is lower or higher, you will need to adjust it.
#4 – Shock your pool with a sizable dose of chlorine. This is going to take about 1-3 days but if your pool is in a very bad condition it could take longer. You may also need algaecide to get your pool back into the shape it needs to be.
#5 – After the pool has been shocked, brush the pool surfaces thoroughly.
Weekly Pool Maintenance
If keeping your swimming pool clean is an important thing for you, then you will want to make pool maintenance your priority. Keeping up with your swimming pool maintenance is very important. Premier Pools & Spas can offer weekly pool maintenance through our sister company Premier Pool Service. We offer multiple service packages you can choose from; we also offer upgrades, installations & repairs.