Algae is probably one of the most frustrating things about having a pool. While today’s technology makes it possible to maintain a swimming pool with very little to no algae problems, the reality is that we can’t keep our pool water perfect all of the time.
Vacations are taken, which means pool water sits. Filters break, which means algae builds up. Wind and rain storms rip through the area, bringing dirt and debris into the water. The list goes on. Keeping algae spores out of the water is nearly impossible, so it’s likely that you’ll be faced with algae at one time or another.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent having a major algae problem on your hands. And it doesn’t take much work. Not to mention, a little prevention on the front end of things goes a long way in avoiding the bigger hassle of removing algae from your pool water.
Here are a few tips for keeping your pool algae-free this summer.
Keep the Water Moving
Algae likes it when water stops moving, so you want to prevent having your water sit stagnant for any length of time, especially when it’s really hot outside. Run your filtration system throughout the summer to prevent algae growth. To save on energy consumption, it’s best to have variable speed pumps that allow the water to flow without wasting energy.
Swim in the Pool Often
Another way to keep the water moving and cut down on algae growth is by swimming in your pool. When you go for a swim, it stirs up debris and brings them to the surface. This way, you can skim the pool and remove the debris, keeping the water cleaner.
Manage Your Sanitizer Levels
Keep your chlorine at optimal levels at all times. A salt chlorine generator can prove helpful for this instance because it ensures that the chlorine levels are kept consistent, avoiding the risk for algae growth. If you don’t have a salt chlorine generator to depend on, you may need to shock your pool more often during the summer.
Keep the Filter Clean
If your filter gets clogged, the water will slow down. If the water slows down, the chlorine won’t circulate to kill bacteria and algae. Make sure that your filter is running optimally so that the chlorine pushes through the water and does its job at killing algae spores.
Algae is a common problem for pool owners, but there are many ways to prevent it from sneaking up on you!