Algae can be an enormously frustrating obstacle to pool maintenance. Not only can it cling to surfaces, but its presence also stains the finish of your pool surface. There are various products on the market designed to kill it but once this process completes, removal must occur quickly or it will continue coming back – here are a few tips on making this task as painless and simple as possible.
Before beginning to clean your pool, brush all surfaces thoroughly to loosen and remove any remaining algae, thus avoiding its adhesion to surfaces during scrub off attempts. A good stiff brush should do the trick for this step – paying special attention to crevices where algae likes to hide.
Once brushing has been completed, turn on your filtration system and allow it to run continuously for at least 24 hours to circulate chemicals and kill any remaining algae. After this time has elapsed, use a pool vacuum or skimmer net with a telescopic pole attached to remove large clumps of dead algae from the surface of your pool using either vacuuming or skimming techniques – this will prevent it from decomposing into organic stains that would stain water further.
While these steps will effectively kill algae, they won’t completely eradicate it from your pool’s water. Spores that remain can continue to cloud it and reduce filter lifespan while making the pool appear murky – thus making regular tests and water balance adjustments necessary and shocking your pool when necessary.
Once algae cells die they lose their chlorophyll and turn into white or gray dust made up of fine particles that is hard to distinguish from dirt or sand due to its small particle size. One way of distinguishing this dust from dirt or sand is picking up some between your fingers; if it smears easily then it could still be alive while otherwise it should just brush off easily as dead.
Once the algae have been killed and removed from the water, their remains will begin accumulating on the bottom and sinking to the floor, requiring regular filtering or vacuuming in order to prevent reinvasion of the pool water by new colonies of algae. There are products you can purchase to bind dead algae together and make it much simpler and quicker to vacuum up, which will decrease your time spent doing this task. Use natural products, like bicarbonate, baking soda or borax, to kill the algae on your pool walls and scrub away what remains. This method may be preferable for those with chemical allergies or looking to repurpose their pool water for garden purposes; although regular vacuuming and cleaning will still be necessary; but using such natural solutions requires less labor than using chlorine products. When selecting any such product be sure to read its label and follow any applicable instructions regarding application.