How to Stop Algae From Growing in Your Pool

At one time or another, every pool owner has had to deal with algae problems. No matter the preventive measures you put in place, algae can still find a way to bloom. Whether you are keeping a watchful eye on it or using a properly working filtration system, they can still develop. They tend to penetrate the pool in numerous ways. The most notorious ones however, are through dirt, rain and wind. In some occasions, even a swimmer's bathing suit or body can introduce algae into a pool. In that regard, keeping algae spores out of the pool is not possible, that is why it's essential to prevent them from blossoming into large algae blooms. We all understand how advantageous it is to have algae-free water: keeping your family healthy and happy.
Compiled below are a few tips on how you can prevent and eliminate algae.
Regularly Use Sanitizer
The algae spores will always find a way into your pool. Luckily, they can be killed by sanitizers or chlorine before they grow any larger. It is important to note that sufficient amounts of sanitizer should be used because when its level gets too low, these spores can grow way too fast. When using chlorine to keep the pool sanitized, its levels should remain 2.0 and 4.0 ppm. It is recommended that you use a floating or automatic chlorinator to help maintain an effective and safe level of chlorine in the pool. Both floating and automatic chlorinators discharge a stagnant level of chlorine into the pool, preventing chlorine levels from going below the recommended range. When using other types of sanitizers, it is also good to use the correct amounts.
Ensure the Circulation System is Running Smoothly
One of the most important steps towards averting algae growth is a perfectly working circulation system. To ensure the system is running smoothly, regularly check it, pump strainer baskets and clean the skipper. This will keep the sanitizing chemicals and water flowing evenly throughout the pool. It is also important to regularly backwash or clean your filter. As time goes by, filters become soiled with debris and dirt, and will need simple maintenance. Whenever the pressure gauge reads 8-10 psi, it is very important to clean your D.E or sand no matter the type of filter you use. When backwashing or cleaning, it is recommended that you use a specialized cleaning aid for the best results. Run your filter and pump between 6 to 8 hours a day, and you scale up the rate during heavy swimmer usage. Regularly cleaning and checking your pump, skimmer and filter will help keep the pool algae free and clean.
Shock the Pool When Needed
Shocking your pool is a perfect way of eliminating algae spores which sanitizer might not have taken care of. Using a good shock is a perfect way to keep the pool clean, a non-chlorine oxidizer is also another way of treating your pool. This boosts the chlorine levels making the sanitizer effective and stronger.

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