If you own a pool, you probably know first-hand how frustrating it can be to discover the presence of algae just as you’re about to take a dive. One day, your pool is clear and inviting, and the next it has green, yellow, or even black algae could be creeping into place. It can prove to be a real inconvenience on the days where it’s just too hot not to take a dip and, can be very problematic if left untreated over time.
To avoid having to deal with significant algae buildup in your pool, it’s important to understand what causes it in the first place.
Lack of filtration
No matter how hard you try to keep algae spores out of your pool, it’s nearly impossible to do. Algae spores are everywhere, and they will inevitably make their way into your pool one way or another. You can, however, keep your pool clear and stop algae from blooming by ensuring your water is circulated and filtered regularly. This can only be accomplished if certain pool parts, such as the skimmer basket, pump motor and filter itself are in proper working condition. If your water becomes a bit cloudy or hazy, it’s a telltale sign that something is hindering water filtration and algae is well on its way.
Low chlorine levels
In addition to filtering your pool water every day, you should also monitor your chlorine levels closely. Heat, frequency of pool activity and exposure to sun and rain can all contribute to depleting chlorine levels and, the lower those levels get, the more susceptible your pool is to the bloom of algae. That’s why it’s so important to routinely chlorinate your pool and keep your levels up, especially when your swimming pool is getting a lot of use.
Dirt, leaves, and other debris in your pool
Cyanobacteria algae, or blue-green algae, occurs naturally and is present in nearly all plant and soil debris. All it takes is a bit of wind for dirt and leaves to be swept into your pool and, BAM algae spores attach to your pool. Not only can debris cause algae to bloom in your swimming pool, but it can stain your pool floor if left alone. Of course, you can’t control nature and there will always be some form of debris being blown into your pool; the important thing is to stay on top of your cleaning routine and vacuum your pool regularly.
At the end of the day, the easiest way to stop algae from affecting your pool water is by maintaining your pool and using the right balance of chemicals to keep it clean. If you’re struggling with this, Quality One Pool Management can lend a hand with our effective chemical pool cleaning process. We work with both residential and commercial clients here in Las Vegas and are happy to help you combat algae and take back your pool today. For more information about our services, contact us at 702-896-0500.