Algae are simple plants that are found in all types of water, including pools. While harmless to humans, algae can cause pool water to become cloudy and green. Algae also compete with other pool plants for nutrients, which can lead to stunted growth. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can take to kill pool algae.
One of the most effective methods for killing pool algae is to shock the pool. This involves adding a large amount of chlorine to the pool water, which kills the algae and other organisms. Shocking the pool should be done at least once a week, and more often if the pool is used frequently.
So, how do you properly shock a pool?
Shock is a powerful oxidizer that helps to break down chloramines and other contaminants in the water. Chloramines are formed when chlorine reacts with sweat, skin oils, and other organic matter in the water. They can cause irritation and strong odors, and they can also be harmful to swimmers. By shocking your pool on a regular basis, you can help to keep the water clean and safe for swimming.
There are a few different ways to shock your pool. The most common method is to use calcium hypochlorite, which is available in granular or tablet form. You can also use liquid chlorine, but it is not as effective as calcium hypochlorite. To shock your pool, you will need to add the shock to the water and then circulate the water for at least an hour. You should also test the water after shocking to make sure that the chlorine levels are safe for swimming.
Another way to kill pool algae is to use an algaecide. This is a chemical that specifically targets and kills algae. Algaecides are available in both liquid and granular form, and can be added to the pool water as needed.
Finally, you can also prevent pool algae from growing in the first place by keeping your pool clean and properly balanced. This means regularly cleaning the filters and skimmers, as well as testing the pH levels of the pool water. By taking these simple steps, you can keep your pool looking clean and inviting all summer long.