How to Get Rid of Pool Algae
Nothing stops a fun summer day in its tracks than green water. UGH. You have pool algae again. You may have had it before and know it’s not easy to get rid of. However, it’s not impossible. So, before your kids start raising a ruckus and you have to cancel next weekend’s pool party, take these tips to turn your green water blue again.
Shock the Pool
Shocking your pool is a necessary part of having clear looking water. Keep in mind that there are three distinct stages of algae infestation in water: for light green pool water, double shock the pool to effectively kill off the algae; for dark green water, triple shock it; for black green pool water, quadruple shock it.
Short for flocculant, floc is a chemical (you can buy it at any pool store) that removes the algae floating in the pool water, bringing it down to the bottom where it’s easy to vacuum up. These are very small particles, and almost impossible to get out if you don’t get them into some kind of smaller area.
Throughout the season, you probably add a little bit of algaecide here and there as a preventative measure. For this job, you’ll need to go at it full force, through. Buy algaecide that contains B14 or metals like copper and silver, designed to kill algae FAST. How much you add at any one time will depend on your type and size of pool. Read the manufacturer directions to know for sure.
So there you have it: three different ways to get your pool nice and blue again. Enjoy your summer! Call Central Jersey Pools at 732-462-5005 or visit our superstore in Freehold NJ if you need help removing stubborn algae.