Yuck! I’ve got algae in my pool!


Nothing spoils poolside fun in the sun like the presence of algae in your swimming pool. Slipping and sliding is for water slides only and sure doesn’t feel good when it’s because of aquatic organisms photosynthesising and taking over your pool. Algae spores find whatever means possible to get into your pool, via the wind and rain, or even through swimwear and tiny spots of slime on inflatable pool toys. If your pool circulation is poor and your water chemistry is imbalanced, you’re putting out the welcome mat for the worst kind of pool party: an algae infestation. People often ask, “Can pool algae hurt you?” The good news is that algae is not harmful in itself, but if left for too long, the bacteria feeding on algae could cause health issues for swimmers. Regardless, it’s just plain yucky and so it’s best to kill algae right away.


How do I get rid of algae in my pool?


To get your pool crystal clear again, you might want to do some manual vacuuming and, of course, get brushing and scrubbing, especially in those shady corners and slimy nooks and crannies. Use a stiff-bristled brush, as algae is very clingy. You’ll also need to test your pool water, paying special attention to your pH level, which should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Next up, it’s time to get down to business and grab that shock. When it comes to pool algae, one of the most common questions is, “Will pool shock kill algae?” It most certainly will, although it is best to follow the entire process so that you don’t get any unwanted returning visitors. If your swimming pool looks as if it’ll be welcoming in frogs any minute, don’t be shy to shock your pool a few times with a large amount of chlorine. Generally, for green algae, you won’t need as much shock as yellow and black algae. A good rule of thumb is shocking until your water turns a blue-grey colour. Don’t forget to shock your swimming pool at night, as the sun will burn off most of the chlorine. Be patient, as it could take up to a week before your water looks good again. You may also want to add an algaecide once your chlorine level starts to fall again, although this is best used to prevent algae rather than killing it.

Things will be a bit more under control at this point and it is almost time for splashing about in the pool to resume. Filter your pool water for at least 8 hours once it turns cloudy blue. However, if you are eager to speed up the process, you can vacuum up the dead algae too. Test your water again once filtering is completed and remember to clean your filter to make sure the algae can’t creep back into your pool. Breathe a sigh of relief and grab your swimwear, because your pool is ready for action again. If you’ve tried everything and are still battling with algae in your pool, don’t worry, our friendly pool professionals are always eager to help in a pool crisis and get you back in your beautiful blue water again with a big smile on your face.


Get a pool cover


If you’ve built your pool fence, you may be asking, “Are pool covers worth it?” The answer is a resounding yes, so as to keep your pool extra safe. The general advice is that a pool cover should be able to hold the weight of two adults and a child. We all know about mesh nets, which prevent children from drowning should they fall onto the net or venture to take a crawl across it. Yet, there are also updated versions of the tried-and-tested pool net, such as automatic swimming pool covers you can walk on quite happily. They require few attachments and fittings, making them a neat and tidy option. Make sure a pool professional always fits your pool cover, so that it offers maximum safety.


Keep pool chemicals locked up


Pool chemicals, such as chlorine, are simply part and parcel of any pool maintenance routine. After all, they are responsible for how a swimming pool is cleaned. Be sure that these are always locked away, as they present a serious risk when they are consumed or come into contact with the skin.


Have a lifeguard on pool duty


If it’s pool party time at your place, the responsible thing to do is to have a lifeguard on duty for the little ones. Perhaps you don’t have the budget to hire someone, but you can always ask the adults to take it in turns to be on swimming pool duty. The reality is often that when everyone is watching the pool, everyone is only half watching the pool. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye, so it is best to be vigilant.


Enforce pool rules


Lastly, while no one wants to play the part of the fun police, swimming pool rules are an essential way to make sure the pool stays fun. You might even want to position a sign near the pool which reads, What are the swimming pool rules? That way, there’s no confusion! Your pool rules should include instructions not to dive into the shallow end, push people into the pool, hold swimmers under the water or swim without an adult present. There’s nothing like the sound of happy laughter coming from the swimming pool when the kids are having fun. It is up to the adults in the situation to make sure it stays that way. Do your part to keep your pool safe.