Keeping your swimming pool clean and clear requires a fair amount of regular maintenance. One of the biggest threats many pool owners face—especially those with concrete pools—is algae. There are some steps every pool owner can take to prevent algae in their swimming pool and keep it looking its best all season long.
Inspect Systems Regularly
Your swimming pool systems are critical for keeping it clean—in particular, your filtration and circulation systems. To keep your circulation system working properly, you should inspect, clean, and maintain the skimmer and pump strainer baskets. To keep your filtration system working properly, clean the cartridge filter or backwash your filter once the pressure gauge reads 8–10 psi higher than usual.
Shock Your Pool
You should aim to shock your pool once a week, with an extra shock after heavy use. You should also shock if your water begins to turn green, cloudy, foamy, or develops a foul smell.
Heavy use includes things like pool parties, extreme weather, someone having an “accident” in the pool, or a major water level change. Make sure to read the instructions carefully on your pool shock—there are many different types, and you will want to make sure you do it correctly to ensure the best results. Shock keeps your water column clean and prevents algae from getting a foothold in your swimming pool.
Use an Algaecide
In addition to shock, you should be adding algaecide to your swimming pool on a weekly basis. Don’t wait for algae to start growing before you add an algaecide—keep it at bay all season long by adding algaecide regularly to give your usual sanitizing agents a boost.
Balance Your Chemicals
Using chlorine, shock, and algaecide are all important for preventing algae in your swimming pool. However, it’s important to maintain the proper balance of these chemicals. If you add too much or too little of any of these agents or other chemicals, it can throw off your water’s composition, and that could actually cause algae growth rather than prevent it. Read your manuals carefully and ask experts for tips and tricks to keep your chemicals in line.
Brush Your Pool Regularly
No amount of chemicals can replace a good, old-fashioned scrubbing. Another weekly task is taking your pool brush and putting some elbow grease in on the stairs, floors, and walls of your swimming pool. This will loosen even the smallest amount of algae that is trying to get a foothold and allow your chemicals, filtration, and circulation to do their jobs as effectively as possible.
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