Picture this: it’s a scorching summer day, so you head for the pool. To your surprise, you’ve got a thick film of slimy green algae clinging to the surface of the water. In this condensed, 4-step guide we'll discuss pool algae tips for new pool owners to get rid of pool algae, so you can get back to enjoying your summer.
Test Your Pool Water
Pool algae blooms in warm water with unbalanced pH levels. That’s why we recommend you first check your pool water with a test kit. Generally, you want the pH levels to be between 7.2-7.6 pH. Chlorine content can also affect algae growth — be sure you’ve got the appropriate amount.
“Shock” Your Pool Water
When you “shock” a pool, you add chlorine (or other chemicals) to remove chloramine — a byproduct of chlorine doing its job. Not only does shocking your pool restore its pH balance and remove unwanted chemical byproducts, it also kills algae growth.
Brush The Pool
You should use a pool skimmer to remove the algae, and then brush your pool walls and floor. This will take care of any stubborn algae clinging to these surfaces, as well as remove any debris still sticking to the pool.
Vacuum the Pool and Clean Your Filter
Vacuuming your pool will ensure that you’ve got the last of that stubborn algae, and cleaning (or replacing) your pool filter will ensure that the algae won’t be coming back anytime soon.
Whether it’s green, yellow, black or pink algae, it’s a headache for any pool owner. But if you’re diligent about pool care and know where to shop for the right parts, you’ll be “in the clear.” Shop pool products today!