How to Remove Dead Algae From Your Pool

Luckily, if your pool has become infected with dead algae, several methods exist for its removal. These include scrubbing, vacuuming and applying an algaecide. Utilizing all three strategies simultaneously should have your pool clear in no time – all the while proper filtration, balanced chemistry and regular maintenance must remain in place to prevent future outbreaks of dead algae growth.

As the first step to removing dead algae, scrubbing affected areas with a brush or skimmer net can help break up debris and make vacuuming or skimmering easier. When brushing hard enough it may tear off protective layers from algae cells allowing chemicals to sink deeper and kill them more effectively; once dead they can either be vacuumed up with your filter system or sucked up using your skimmer.

Vacuuming your pool can be an excellent way to clear away algae dust, but be sure to switch your skimmer to “waste” rather than filter system mode in order to prevent fine dust particles from passing through and back out into the water. This way, they won’t pass through and be pumped back out again as part of its contents.

Determining the difference between dirt and algae dust may be challenging, but density testing will help. If it holds its shape when picked up, that indicates dirt; otherwise it likely indicates algae dust. Both types can stain a pool finish similarly, so be sure to regularly brush and vacuum.

Once your pool has been thoroughly scrubbed, brushed, and vacuumed, it is vitally important that you use an algaecide product in order to keep its water safe. An algaecide will kill any remaining algae while also helping prevent future blooms. There are many algaecide products on the market; ensure you read their label for proper application instructions. You might also consider installing a clarifier into your system in order to further help with algae dust removal.

As soon as you apply algaecide to your pool, it is vital to brush and vacuum frequently over the next several days to keep it clear. Furthermore, test chlorine residual levels regularly and shock as necessary.

Prevention and dealing with an algae bloom are hard work, but can save you from having to clean up dead algae later. By setting a routine of proper filtration, chemical level adjustment, and treating any existing or emerging blooms with an effective algaecide product you can enjoy a cleaner pool this summer than having to deal with dead algae problem later. Prevention takes less time and effort compared with cleanup; so be sure to follow these tips to keep your pool enjoyable all summer long – thank you for reading!

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