There are few things less inviting than murky green water when you’re looking to take a dip in the pool after a long day. When it comes to green water, the biggest culprit is algae, and it can grow to be a pain if you’re not taking preventative measures against it.
Algae thrives on sun, water, air, nitrates and phosphates: in other words, a pool is a perfect breeding ground for it to grow. Phosphates, a primary food source for algae, are constantly being introduced into swimming pool water in a number of ways.
Phosphates can enter your pool through:
By regularly adding algaecide to your pool, you can help combat algae growth. Algaecides are algae inhibitors that work in conjunction with pool sanitizers to help control and prevent algae growth.
Algaecides act as a backup to your regular sanitization program and should be added to your pool on a weekly basis. Some common forms of algae are resistant to treatment with chlorine, so using algaecides in your pool can help to enhance and prolong the effectiveness of your regular filter system by preventing the system from working too hard.
In addition to regular algaecide use, there are a few ways to help prevent the growth of algae in your swimming pool:
If you have any questions about how to prevent algae or pool maintenance in general, fill out the form to the left or stop by any of our store locations.