Three Inexpensive Algae Prevention Steps
There are many ways to prevent algae in a pool, but there isn’t one surefire way to keep it out. And yes, all pool owners will most-likely deal with algae in their pool at some point. So, what are the best and most affordable pool algaecide products to remove and prevent each type of algae?
If you follow 3 simple steps, your pool will stay relatively algae free in the long run. Minimal algae problems equals easier pool maintenance.
We recommend keeping Leslie's Algae Control and Natural Chemistry PHOSfree on hand, especially during the swimming season.
1) Manage the Pool Chlorine
Managing your chlorine level is the most important part of this process. Without chlorine, your pool won't be sanitized. If using 3” Chlorine Tabs, make sure to check on the tabs (in the chlorine floater) twice a week to ensure you are keeping the proper amount in the pool. Salt Chlorine Systems are more complicated, but can be managed by ensuring that the salt cell is clean and the salt level is in the recommended range. If you have any doubt as far as your chlorine production or salt level is concerned, bring a water sample into your local Leslie’s store. It is also recommended to use pool shock once a week during peak swimming season and continue to use it, only less often, during the offseason.
2) Clean Your Pool
Brush, skim and empty the filter baskets. Debris left in the pool can have a negative effect on the chlorine level of the water. The more debris in the pool, the more likely the chlorine will be burned up sanitizing whatever is in the water. Therefore, skimming and emptying your baskets weekly (or as needed during the swimming season) is ideal. Brushing at least once a week is also helpful because it keeps the surface of the pool clean, which is where algae prefers to grow. Once brushed into the water, the algae has a harder time establishing itself and therefore allowing chlorine to prevent its growth.
3) Run the Pool Filteratrion System
Run your pool pump for at least 8 hours a night. Depending on the environment, you may consider running the system one hour for every 10 degrees of water temperature. Proper filtration and circulation is essential for keeping the pool clean and clear. It is necessary to let your pool run for its recommended time.
Preventing pool algae has costs, but the only costs associated with this process is the 3” Chlorine Tabs if you use them, a few bags of pool shock, the cost of electricity to run your system for 8+ hours a night. Then, simply maintain your pool by brushing and skimming the water about 10-20 minutes each week. It’s also helpful to maintain balanced chemicals and ensure that your equipment is working properly. As long as everything is working properly, this process will help you save both time and money.