In the movies, pool water always looks so beautiful, doesn’t it? A beautiful clear sparkling blue. The sun shimmers and sparkles in the water because it’s so clear. However, in reality, your pool probably doesn’t look that great all the time. There are times when your pool is greener than it should be.
Do you ever have days like that? Are there times when your pool water is a horrifying, cloudy green? If you have experienced this, here’s some information that might help you figure out what’s causing your green, cloudy water.
Why Does My Pool Keep Turning Green?
Your pool keeps turning green because you have green algae. Algae is one of the most annoying swimming pool water problems. While you think of green algae as gross and slimy — and it is — this is a natural thing. Algae grow when the temperature gets warm in the summer, and there’s a lot of sun. Green alga is the most common algae found in pools. You can find algae everywhere in your pool. You might see it on the sides of your pool. Algae on the bottom of the pool are common as well. The algae could also be floating on top.
Green algae can get into your pool in many ways. Someone can transport it to your pool water on his or her swimsuit. Pool floats can have algae on them, and, then, it ends up in your pool. Sometimes, the wind will carry the algae from a nearby lake or pond. It doesn’t matter how the algae got there. You need to remove it. If you don’t take care of it right when you see it, the algae will spread. By then, you’ll have to spend a lot more time, effort, and money to get rid of it.
You might be thinking that the algae will just go away on its own. Maybe cooler temperatures will disperse it. But, at what temperature does algae grow in a pool? Until the temperature outside drops below 51 degrees during the day — algae will still grow. You will continue to have algae problems as long as you are swimming in the pool during the summer.
How to Get Rid of Algae in the Pool Quickly?
There are some questions you have to answer about algae and pools before you’ll know how to treat your problem. The first, and obvious, clue that you may have an algae problem is that your pool water is green. With green algae, your pool water will look green or yellow. If you know you have algae, you will need to shock the pool. You can’t put a little shock in the pool, however. You will need to shock it a lot to get rid of the algae. Sadly, once you shock the pool, it is going to be a while before you can use it. If you shock the pool with granular shock, you will have to wait between 24 and 48 hours to swim. That’s because the chlorine levels will be too high.
After you shock the pool, you will need to brush down the walls of your pool. A lot of people recommend you brush all the surfaces of the pool. This helps to get rid of the algae. You also need to vacuum out the pool. Don’t use your robot vacuum. It is not as effective. Use a manual vacuum. Then, you will need to filter, filter, filter. Your pool’s filter helps to get rid of the algae. While it is more expensive to run your filter a lot, it is worth it when you are battling algae.
Are you having stubborn pool trouble? Are the algae winning? Let us help! Contact Atlantic Pool & Spa, in Lake Hopatcong, N.J.