Summertime swimming season can be quite refreshing. What cools you off faster than diving into an ice cold, clear blue swimming pool? Well, if your pool falls victim to an ugly algae bloom, you won’t want to dive in anytime soon. All pools are susceptible to algae blooms, but by taking the proper precautions you can lessen the odds of an algae outbreak occurring in your backyard pool. Today, we review four steps homeowners should take to ensure that their pool will stay algae-free this summer.
- Keep water moving: Whether you’re taking an extended summer vacation or if the weather just isn’t cooperating, there’s bound to be a week-long span this summer where you’re unable to use your pool. However, algae tends to begin growing when water has been still for an extended period of time. Because of this, make sure to continue filtering your pool. We recommend you invest in a pump that continually circulates your pool’s water, even when you’re not using it. This will help to prevent algae from growing because water will constantly be in motion.
- Maintain cleanliness: Although cleaning your pool can be an extensive process, if you seriously want to keep algae away then cleaning it often is your best bet. Prevent algae spores from developing by scrubbing the sides and floor of your pool at least a couple times a month. Don’t forget to vacuum the dirt and debris afterward to ensure that it doesn’t fall to the pool’s floor, creating a sweet growth spot for algae. Cleanliness is key when looking to prevent an unwanted algae outbreak.
- Manage chemical levels: For the best algae-preventing results, it’s necessary to keep your sanitizer levels and maintain its pH balance. The recommended pH levels for pools is between 7.4 and 7.6, so monitoring and ensuring that your pool’s levels are within this range is best to prevent algae. Sanitizing your pool on a regular basis also helps to prevent algae that may already exist, but is just not yet be visible to the naked eye. A proper chemical balance will ensure that algae is unwelcomed in your backyard pool.
- When in doubt, shock it: If your backyard pool has already fallen victim to an algae outbreak, then getting rid of it as soon as possible should be a top priority to eliminate the risk of it damaging your pool. To kill algae once it’s appeared, it’s best to shock your pool – or increasing its chlorine levels by 10 times its normal levels. This process will kill any existing algae spores that have started to bloom in the pool water.
Keeping your pool algae-free not only can enhance the aesthetic look of your backyard pool, but it will also ensure that all guests will be safe swimming in the water. To learn more about how you can properly take care of your pool this summer, check out this blog post here.