HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pool owners everywhere have an innate fear of the word algae. The dreaded green monster that may make an appearance in your otherwise clear blue pool. Algae has no place in a pool and can be prevented with proper pool maintenance. Inground pool liners manufacturer, LOOP-LOC, shares tips for removing and preventing algae in your swimming pool.
Once the worst has happened (the worst being algae in your pool), work quickly to restore your pool to its former, algae-free glory. The entire removal process can take anywhere from a few days to a week. While that may not be ideal, it is better to be sure that the algae is completely gone before allowing swimmers back into your pool.
Follow these algae removal tips to get your pool sparkling again:
- Remove the algae that is present in your pool manually. Between the use of a vacuum and a scrubbing brush, you'll be able to say goodbye to that green monster. While manual labor in the summer heat isn't anyone's idea of fun, it is effective in algae removal. Also, be sure to scrub or vacuum in those hard to reach places in your pool as they're the breeding grounds of algae.
- Test your pool chemicals. Before adding more chemicals to an algae infested pool, see if there are any chemical irregularities. Could it be the pH or alkalinity levels? Be sure to balance your water chemistry before moving forward with any other algae removal steps. After shocking your pool to ensure the algae is good and gone, you'll want to test your pool chemical levels one final time to validate everything is in prime condition.
- Shock your pool with calcium hypochlorite shock. Be mindful of the instructions during this step, as you want to ensure that you're adding the correct amount to your pool. The type of algae in your pool will determine the amount needed.
- Clean everything. After the filter has been running for hours and the algae is truly gone, everything needs to be clean! Make sure that the filter has been thoroughly cleaned and that second scrubbing and vacuuming session wouldn't hurt either.
Pool maintenance isn't only about reactive measures. There are steps that can be taken to avoid the dreaded algae making an appearance:
- Maintain your pool's chemical levels. Be sure to test the levels regularly and adjust them as necessary.
- Run the filter. For about 8 to 12 hours a day, the filter should be running. This allows the water to circulate throughout the pool and may help avoid any unwanted bacteria build up.
- Shock the pool regularly. Prevent algae from returning by regularly shocking your pool. This will kill algae and other bacteria that may be growing in your water.
- Clean your pool accessories thoroughly. Before placing any floats, toys or other pool items in your pool make sure they are cleaned. A chlorine-based cleaner will clean and sanitize the item, ensuring your pool is safe from harm.
No pool owner wants to go outside to see algae plaguing their backyard oasis. Utilize these tips and tricks to keep your pool clear, clean and ready to dive into at any time.
About LOOP-LOC: There's only one company known for manufacturing safety pool covers strong and tough enough to support an elephant: the legendary LOOP-LOC. LOOP-LOC is a global leader in the pool industry with a 200,000-square-foot headquarters in Hauppauge, New York, and 300 employees. Through its network of dealers, the company has sold safety swimming pool covers on every continent on earth except Antarctica. LOOP-LOC now also manufactures a line of luxury in-ground pool liners—with more exclusive designer patterns than any other company—as well as the BABY-LOC removable fencing, a convenient, cost-effective additional layer of protection to help deter toddlers from gaining access to a swimming pool.