One of the most common problems suffered by pool owners is getting the water green. One of the most common reasons for water in the pool getting green is excess of green algae sticking to the surface of your pool. Let us see how you can get rid of those algae and bring the water to its normal state.
Cause of Overgrowth of Algae in the pool water
Now the crucial question before we go ahead is, what is the cause of the overgrowth of algae? Three important factors affect the growth of algae, and these are-
- Disturbance in the pH level of the pool water: If the pH level of water is relatively low, it will most probably cause irritation in the eyes. If it is high, then it will not kill any bacteria and algae and will also cause skin irritation. The ph level of the water of the pool must be kept in check.
- Clogged filters: Another most common reason to cause the overgrowth of algae is the clogged filters. Clogging of filters makes it challenging to clean the pool, due to which your pool starts developing algae, and debris also starts collecting in the pool.
- Algae are known to grow in a warm and humid climate: If the weather of your area experiences a sudden change and it turns out to be warm and humid, then chances of overgrowth of algae are high.
Cleaning water and getting rid of the algae
Cleaning water and getting rid of algae can be difficult. It consumes a lot of time if you want to get rid of the green algae, which has grown into your pool. To clean the pool water, follow the steps given below.
- The very first step is to remove debris. You can do this with the help of a large leaf net. This will stir the water, making it easier to clean. Make sure that you do the cleaning before debris starts collecting on the pool surface again. Also, make sure that you only vacuum the pool if the bottom is visible to you unless it might worsen the condition. If you vacuum the pool even if there is a lot of debris collected at the bottom, then it might clog the skimmer filter or underground pipes.
- Now you need to adjust the ph level of the water. Maintaining the ph level of your water will kill bacteria and algae developed in the water. The ph level of the pool water can be easily maintained by using Alkalinity plus, ph plus, and ph minus.
- Shocking the pool or in simple words, you can say super chlorinating the pool. This is required when your pool is very dirty and difficult to clean. In such a case, you might need to use 2-4 gallons of liquid chlorine, and wait overnight to see results. If you do not see any improvement, then you will have to use 2-4 gallons of liquid chlorine again the next day.
Note- Don’t over shock the pool. It is recommended to use liquid chlorine as it fastens up the process. Also, you can use powdered chlorine, but the process will be a bit slow.
- Run your filters for a day. Make sure that you backwash frequently. Algae can clog pores quickly, and this is the reason you need to backwash frequently. If you have a D.E. filter, then the cleaning process will be faster than that of a sand filter.
- See whether the process is effective or not. In general, the pool will clear in 4-5 days, and if not, then there is some problem with the filters of your pool. If there is some problem in the filter system, then you will need the help of a professional.
- Once you have done all the above steps, your pool will start clearing. You will start to see some debris collected on you’re the surface of the pool, which can be cleared by the vacuum of the pool. If the debris is too much, then get the help of a professional, don’t do it on your own. Getting professional to clear up the debris will save your time as well as they will ensure of no debris clogging the filter.
Maintaining the Pool
Apart from cleaning, you need to have proper maintenance of your pool. Taking care of a pool isn’t that difficult; you only need to follow some tips to ensure that your pool is maintained.
- Check the ph level of your pool. The unstable ph level of the pool can cause skin irritation and can also disturb its factor of killing bacteria and algae. Keep your ph level in check and make sure that the ph is stable.
- The skimmer is an essential component of your pool as it cleans out all the debris entering your pool. You need to make sure that the skimmer is cleaned and not clogged so that it efficiently removes all the debris.
- Check the water level of your pool. Ideally, the water level should be at the center of the pool skimmer and the tile.
- Clean pool filters. Filters allow clear water flow by removing out all the debris and algae. You should timely clean the filters and make sure that it does clogs up. You need to clean the filters of the pool every 2-4 months.
- Chlorinate your water as this will kill all the bacteria and algae forming up in the pool.
- Take professional help. No matter how much you maintain your pool or focus on the cleaning process, but at times you will need professionals to check your pool. They are experts in the field, and without consuming much time, you will have your pool cleaned and maintained. Also, don’t over go with professional help because that can cause you a lot of money. It is ideal to go for professional service only once a year, and you are good to go.