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Proper pool maintenance generally prevents the development of pool algae.  Pool algae is almost completely prevented by maintaining the correct chlorine and pH levels.  Even with your careful efforts, your pool may occasionally experience an algae attack.  Knowing how to properly treat your pool will correct this issue in short order.
Algae Dangers

Most people do not want to swim in a pool with algae.  It decreases visibility which hinders the ability to identify items and debris in the pool.  It can even hamper rescue efforts should a swimmer be about to drown.  Algae-infested water may also harbor E. coli and other harmful microorganisms.  It just makes sense to deal with the pool algae first. 
Algae Treatment
Treating the pool for algae is not difficult, but it can get relatively expensive.  After you clean your pool as much as possible, get an algaecide.  The algaecide should be sufficiently effective.  Algaestat products are sometimes advertised as algaecide, but they only inhibit algae growth.  Algaecides that are weaker will likely work and they may be inexpensive, but will probably take longer time to work.
After that, shock your pool -  and shock it hard.  Don’t be tempted to do both simultaneously.  The algaecide may interact with the chlorine and render the algaecide ineffective.  Next, you need to balance your pool water.  The pH levels and alkalinity are probably off if you have algae in the pool.  While in the process of algae removal, you need to check your filter, and you should be backwashing as the pressure gauge calls for.
If the pool has been left unattended for some time, you may just need to drain the pool, acid wash it, and refill it.

Algae Prevention

Suitable pool filters, cleaners, and water balance treatment may be adequate to keep the pool algae free, but you should also treat the pool water with an algaestat in order to inhibit the issue from returning.
In-ground pools are not inherently better for pool water quality.  Some of the older ones have inferior filter systems.  The filters may be of quality but may be the wrong type for your pool.  Another possibility is they are mismatched for the pump and hose attachments.  If the filter system is not operating as it should, your chemical treatment and monitoring efforts may be wasted.  If you have problems with algae, contact Mike Fournier with Sonrise Hardscaping.  Mike is a pool professional, experienced in dealing with pool maintenance.  Call Mike today at 918-357-7777.


Want to talk about it some more? Would you like a quote for any of these areas? If yes, send me an e-mail to: Sonrise.Construction2000@Gmail.com, and be sure to mention this blog. I will be back in touch with you shortly. Thanks.

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