The best way to solve an algae problem is to prevent algae! In our previous post we focused on what algae are, and the conditions that can cause an algae build-up in your pool. The following five tips will help you keep algae at bay and ensure a sparkling, clear pool.
1. Circulate Water
Algae love stagnant water. That’s why it is important to invest in a premium pool pump that will get the job done. Luckily, the Kayak Pools Midwest three-way filtration system promotes premium circulation in your swimming pool. All Kayak above ground pools feature two main bottom drains that constantly circulate and purify pool water. In addition to keeping algae away, this filtration system makes our pools virtually maintenance-free.
2. Balance Chemicals
The principal cause of algae is an imbalance of pool chemicals. When the level of acidity – the pH level – is too high chlorine will no longer be effective. Most sources recommend keeping a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6 for a balanced pool; for chlorine, maintain 1-3 ppm, or as stated on its label. A proper balance of chemicals will kill algae spores as soon as they come into contact with your pool’s water.
The only way to thoroughly kill algae once it has appeared is to shock your pool. So beat algae at their own game, and do this about once a week (especially during very warm weather and after busy pool days with lots of visitors). Shocking the pool refers to increasing free chlorine by 10 times its normal level – this kills any algae spores and organic matter that enter the water.
4. Brush and Vacuum
If you’re serious about keeping algae away, get into cleaning mode a couple times a month. Scrub the sides and floor of your pool – this will prevent the spores that spawn algae from attaching. After brushing be sure to vacuum up all the debris and dirt. Because of the above-mentioned three-way filtration system, Kayak pool owners on average report that they vacuum their pools only two or three times a swim season. However, it is important to do after any brushing or scrubbing of pool surfaces.
5. Clean Filters
Most recommendations say pool filters should run a minimum of about eight to 12 hours daily, but 24 hours is best for optimum cleanliness. With all that constant filtering it’s imperative to backwash or clean filters – and skimmer baskets – regularly so that they do not become clogged with debris and dirt. A backup, clog, or other stoppage will cause chemicals to become less effective. Any dead algae left in the filter could also prompt an immediate return–so keep your filters clean.
Even though pool algae are a pain once they’ve made their mark in your pool, with a little planning and a simple process, the problem is pretty simple to prevent and avoid altogether.