Even if you’re vigilant with maintaining your pool, you might notice that your once crystal clear pool water is starting to look a little (or a lot!) green thanks to the unwelcome arrival of algae. The appearance of algae can be due to a number of reasons including warmer water, unbalanced pH, low chlorine and poor water circulation and, unfortunately, once it arrives it can spread fast. To help you get of algae fast, we’re here to share our easy steps for treatment.
1.Clean out the dirt and debris
The first step to cleaning a green pool is to to get rid of any debris and then either manually clean your cartridge filter or backwash and rinse your sand filter.
2.Shock the pool
Now it’s time to ‘shock’ your pool which means making it super chlorinated, then adding an algaecide treatment to kill the algae and potentially also adding a flocculating agent. Your water will probably look cloudy once you add the treatment – this is normal! Make sure you run the filter for the next hour to let the treatment circulate.
3.Scrub, scrub, scrub
Next, you need to dislodge all the slimy algae stuck to the sides and bottom of the pool by giving it a good brush. You may only need to do this step once but it might also be necessary to repeat brushing.
4.Keep the water circulating or shut it down!
Now that you’ve shocked the water, added the chemicals and given the algae a scrub, the next step depends upon how severe the algae is and whether you added the flocculating agent. If you have a severe case and added the flocculating agent, you need to allow it to work – shut the system down for 24-36 hours to enable the dead algae to sink to the bottom before vacuuming it to waste. If you only had a mild dose of algae and you didn’t add the flocculating agent you can keep your filter running to help clear up the cloudy water and get rid of the algae. Make sure you check your filter regularly to see if it needs cleaning out again – after all, it’s working hard to get rid of all that algae.
5.Monitor the water
It can take a few days for the treatment to work and return the pool to its former glory. If the pool water is not clear after a few days or if you see that the algae is starting to reappear, you will need to repeat the process. Importantly only having a ‘light-touch’ with the chemicals in the first place will often work against you – our recommendation is to do it properly in the first place as it will save you money and time in the long-run.
If your pool is struggling with algae and you need a little help, the experienced pool technicians at Pool Assist can help. We can provide treatment for your pool to get it back on track and will talk you through the process so you know what to do if algae strikes again. For beautiful, hygienic water, look no further than Pool Assist!
For assistance with green pool treatment, contact the team at Pool Assist today on 1300 62 82 62.