The winter season is coming to a close and the time for fun in the sun is upon us! The last thing you’ll want to worry about when setting up for your backyard BBQ is an algae-ridden pool. Whether through rain, wind or from the swimmer’s body, algae will always find a way into your pool. To ensure that those tiny algae specs don’t grow into huge algae blooms, we have highlighted three key tips that can have your pool ready for the spring.
The water circulation in your pool is vital to its cleanliness. Regularly checking your pool’s circulation is one of the most important ways to prevent algae growth. You can start off by checking the pool skimmer and the pump strainer baskets. You should make sure that they both are clean and free of debris so that the sanitizing chemicals can distribute evenly throughout the pool. We recommend that you pump and filter your pool up to 8 hours a day during warm seasons and up to 12 hours a day when pull activity is high.
Brush and Vacuum Pool
You will most commonly find algae on your pool walls, steps and the floor. These areas need to be regularly brushed to prevent algae blooms. Algae can find its ways into the cracks and crevices of your pool if left untreated. Brush your pool weekly to avoid this from becoming an issue.
The next step is to vacuum your pool. While brushing lifts the algae from the pool bottoms, they tend to settle back at the pool floor afterwards. The purpose of the vacuum is to rid your pool of all dirt, debris, and algae after it has been lifted from the pool floor.
Watch Your Pool
This is one of the easiest way to prevent algae growth but is commonly forgotten. If you are only checking your pool when are ready to use it then you aren’t checking your pool enough. By regularly checking your pool for discoloration, dirt, debris and contamination, you can address the issue before it becomes irreversible.
Blue Chip Pool Services is NSPF certified and has been keeping South Florida pools clean for over ten years. Contact us today and get your first cleaning free!