My Pool Is Full Of Green Algae

Green Algae

Has Wicked Green Algae Taken Over Your Pool?

Eliminate Algae, Now!

Having a swimming pool is a beautiful luxury but comes with responsibilities.

For example, do you know one of the most common problems with swimming pools is the presence of green algae?

And once it starts blooming, it can become a major problem to tackle.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the various causes of green algae in swimming pools and provide tips on how to get rid of it once it becomes a problem.

We’ll also advise how to prevent green algae from forming in the first place.

If your pool is full of green algae, it’s likely lacking regular service and maintenance, which we can help you learn to do.

What causes green algae?

There are many factors, including poor water circulation caused by clogged or dirty filters, high levels of organic matter in the water due to poor water filtering and weather, and improper water chemistry. All are handled during regular pool service and maintenance.

Maintaining the right chlorine levels and restriction-free filtration systems are vital for controlling algae.

We’ll cover how, with the right care and maintenance, you should be able to restore your pool to its sparkling, algae-free state in no time.

How to Get Rid of POOL ALGAE (Green Water)

How to Get Rid of POOL ALGAE (Green Water) | Swim University

Matt walks you through fixing green pool water by killing pool algae. See the full article here: https://www.swimuniversity.com/pool-algae/

⏰ Timestamps:
00:00 – Introduction To How To Get Rid of Pool Algae
00:23 – Step 1. Vacuum Pool To “Waste”
00:38 – Step 2. Brush Walls, Steps, and Ladders
00:52 – Step 3. Test and Adjust Water
01:06 – Step 4. Shock Your Pool
01:48 – Pool Algae Step-By-Step Cleaning Process
03:59 – Troubleshooting Very Green or Black Algae Problems

See more of Matt’s pool training videos

Identifying the possible causes of green pool algae

When trying to identify the possible causes of your pool being full of green algae, you should first examine your filtration system.

Is it working correctly?

If not, this can cause a buildup of algae and other debris in your pool that the filters normally catch and remove.

Depending on your filtration system, you may need to clean, backwash, or replace the filter elements (sand or cartridges).

Next, you should check the pH level in your pool.

Is it too low or too high?

Untreated swimming pool water can create an ideal environment for algae growth.

At a minimum, your pool should be treated regularly with pool shock and chlorine.

Lastly, check for any organic debris, such as dead animals, bugs, leaves, branches, or building up on the bottom, sides, or steps. These also cause algae to grow.

Skimming the water surface of bugs and leaves, brushing the side walls, vacuuming the bottom, and raking out the big stuff remove the food algae feeds on.

Treating the algae with chemicals

If you’ve taken care of the filtration system, removed all the debris, and checked the pool chemistry, but algae keep growing, it’s time for drastic measures.

The next step is to use chemicals.

This method is the quickest and most cost-effective method.

You must shock your pool with a chlorine-based shock, followed by an algaecide designed for green algae.

If the pool is completely green, doubling or tripling the amount of algaecide, shock, and chlorine are needed. Before you do the next step, wait a day or two to allow the chemicals to work and kill the algae. It would be best if you also repeated cleaning the filters and backwashing a few times. And don’t forget to replenish the water.

When you’re ready, the next step is to brush the dead algae from the walls and floor of your pool and vacuum it out. And make sure you backwash thoroughly and re-clean your filters. By this point, the water should be clearing up. If the water is cloudy, you’ll need to use a flocculant to help rid the pool of all the dead algae spores. Once again, repeat the backwashing and cleaning of filters.

Finally, add chlorine to your pool to bring the levels back to their optimum range. Remember that this will require multiple treatments before the pH returns to normal.

Treating Green Pool Algae with Home Remedies

I’ll admit that I’ve never tried these treatments, so I honestly can’t say if they are the best way to deal with algae.

I’ve read that some of the most popular home remedies and natural methods for treating algae include vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

You can pour them directly into the pool water, add them to a spray bottle, and use them as a spot treatment.

Another popular remedy people use, but never used myself, is Epsom salts. Dissolve some Epsom Salt in your pool water, and let it sit for at least 6 hours. It’s supposed to kill the algae while softening and purifying the water.

The Reliable Way to Get Rid of Algae

If none of the home remedies above work for you and you’re still looking for a solution for your algae problem, consider using algaecide, as noted earlier. I have used the chemical solution I covered earlier several times, and it works.

A word of caution.

Regardless of your choice, following all instructions carefully when using chemicals is important, as they can be harsh on your pool’s water chemistry. It may even cause damage to your pool if misused, and worst of all – dangerous to swimmers.

Whether using natural remedies or chemical treatments, patience and persistence are key to success.

Keeping up regular pool maintenance, monitoring the water chemistry often, adding chlorine and shock as needed, brushing the walls, and avoiding going too long before you remove organic sediment are key.

With time and effort, you should be able to restore your pool to its healthy, sparkling state in no time!

Preventing algae from returning

The final step for removing green algae is to prevent it from returning.

Algae often return when the pool’s chemistry is out of balance, so it’s important to maintain the correct pH, total alkalinity, and chlorine levels in the pool water.

Also, if a pool filter looks like it should be replaced because it’s clogged with the cellular remains of billions of dead algae, replace it.

Additionally, don’t forget to include brushing the pool walls and steps in your maintenance routine.

Remember, don’t feed the algae!

In conclusion, understanding the causes and prevention of green algae can help you keep your pool free of any maintenance issues, allowing you to enjoy your pool for years to come.

We covered how to keep your pool free of algae and why it should be a top priority if you want to enjoy a clean and healthy swimming environment.

With regular pool service, you’ll clean your pool with balanced chemicals, run the pool pump, do filter maintenance, and skim the pool surface often of bugs and organic materials to help prevent an algae outbreak.

With a little effort and understanding, you can have a sparkling pool ready for swimming all summer.

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