Keeping Your Pool Clean—Not Green
Kermit the Frog always said, “It’s not easy being green.” And as a pool owner, you also know how difficult green can be – especially when it’s in your pool. So how can you keep your pool clean and not green? With preventative maintenance, the right equipment and a regular cleaning schedule.
Your first line of defense against an algae bloom is to keep your pool clean. Since algae spores will inevitably be carried into the pool by wind, rain or on the soles of swimmers’ feet, you want to make sure that you keep your chemicals at the right balance to prevent the algae from blooming.
Chlorine levels should be maintained at 2-4 parts per million. With Chlorine, consistency is key.
Vigorously brush your steps, walls, floor, ladder and diving board of your pool at least weekly. This will help prevent algae from taking hold of any surface in the pool. Brushing will shake any algae loose so you can vacuum them up.
Finally, perform regular pH tests and add a pH reducer, if necessary, to maintain pH levels between 7.2 and 7.6. This creates an environment in which the chlorine can be more effective in keeping algae growth at bay.
Use the Right Equipment
Keeping your pool clean isn’t single piece of equipment kind of job. It takes a village! Your pool’s system must be in good working condition, clean and work together to get the job done.
There are lots of chlorinators on the market, but make sure you pick the right one for you. Regardless of whether your weapon of choice is an automatic or floating chlorinator or even a salt chlorine generator, it is absolutely essential that the chlorinator is in top shape and able to keep chlorine levels steady.
It doesn’t stop there! Your skimmer, filter and pump all need to be in top shape as well. Make sure your skimmer, filter and the basket of the pump strainer are clean and clear. If they aren’t pristine or working properly, your water can be headed for green. Circulation is of the utmost importance because still water is ideal for algae growth. Ensure all of your water jets are functioning well and aimed at an angle to move water in a spiral pattern.
Finally, find the right automatic pool cleaner for your pool. Just like in your house, it’s important to vacuum your pool regularly. This will help keep any debris off the bottom of your pool and remove any algae that’s not been removed by other means.
Regular Cleaning Schedule
You can do your pre-season preventative maintenance and use all the right equipment, but if you don’t regularly clean your pool, there’s a good possibility that it will still turn green.
Whether you use a pool service or you’re a DIY champ, cleaning your pool regularly doesn’t have to be difficult. Think about it like you’re cleaning your house:
- Brush the steps, walls, floor, ladder and diving board of your pool each week. After brushing, it’s a good idea to vacuum up anything that was knocked loose.
- Vacuum your pool each week. However, it’s a good rule of thumb to always vacuum after stormy weather to remove dirt and debris that may have blown into your pool.
- Check the filter every month. If it needs to be cleaned, then clean it! Backwash DE filters or remove and clean cartridge filters.
- Walk by your pool daily to check on the flow of the water and remove any large pieces of floating debris with a hand skimmer or leaf rake.
- Test the pool water. You can do this once a day, or more frequently if you’d like. This will help ensure that your pool water is maintaining the proper water chemistry it needs to be healthy and safe.
It isn’t hard, but it does take dedication. With a little preventative maintenance, the right equipment and a regular cleaning schedule you can say with certainty, “Come on in…the water’s fine!”