How to Identify and Remove Swimming Pool Algae

Have you ever seen a pool that has algae in it? Not only is it pretty unappealing to look at, but if it’s left in the water too long, it can also prove to be potentially dangerous for both you and your pets. That’s because many forms of algae contain bacteria that is not healthy for our (or our animals’) systems.

The good news is that there are several things that you can do to help you identify and remove algae from your swimming pool area. If you’d like to know about some of them, we’ve provided five effective tips below:

Pay attention to the surface of your pool water. Something that green algae tends to do is float on the surface of pool water. So, if you happen to notice that your water has a bit of a hazy green color or that a green and slimy texture is clinging to your walls, that’s one indication that you probably have algae in your swimming pool.

Inspect the cracks and crevices. Green algae is not the only kind of algae that exists. Another type that you should look for is what is known as black algae. It tends to be a dark blue-green color that usually forms in the cracks or crevices of your pool. It’s important to keep in mind that the places were black algae prefers to grow is in shady areas of your swimming pool and while it doesn’t typically affect water clarity, it does leave black spots around your pool.

Brush your pool. Being that pool walls and floors are the most common areas to find algae in your pool, it’s important that you brush those places on a regular basis. Typically, twice a week should suffice. Just make sure that you use a nylon brush. Its soft bristles will keep you from scratching up your swimming pool’s surface. Also, whatever you do, never use a metal wire brush. It’s almost guaranteed to damage the surface of your pool.

Vacuum debris. Once you brush all of algae (or algae spores) off of the walls and floors of your swimming pool, the best way to get the remnants of it up is by vacuuming it. In fact, not only will this get rid of the algae once and for all but it will also remove any dirt and debris that might be floating around in your pool as well. There are several companies that sell swimming pool vacuums at any affordable price. Some of them include Pool Supply Unlimited, Pool Supply and Wal-Mart.

Check pool’s filtration. If you were to ask a company like Royal Swimming Pools for another tip for keeping algae out of swimming pools, something else that the customer service associate would probably recommend is that you check your pool’s filtration system so that you can ensure that your swimming pool is receiving proper water flow throughout the algae removal process. As you’re doing this, also make sure that your swimming pool’s circulation system is running properly by cleaning your skimmer and filters. For more information on how to keep your pool’s circulation system running in good condition, visit Redo Your Pool.

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