Three Early Indicators that Algae is Blooming in the Pool
Algae can really wreak havoc on the swimming pool and certain dampen pool party plans! Once algae gets growing, it can bloom quickly and take some time to rebalance the state of the water. So early detection is key to getting a handle on it before it gets out of hand. But how? Before the whole pool goes green or black spots start dotting the interior surface of the pool, there are some early indicators that algae is starting to grow. Aquaman Pools’ experts shares three things to look for when it comes to early detection of algae.
- High pH Levels — There are multiple reasons why high pH levels can be a sign of, or a breeding ground for, algae. Typically high pH levels indicate that the overall chemical balance of the pool is off in some way, which is inviting for algae. Algae also prefers water with higher pH levels. It’s also important to realize that chlorine is less effective in water with high pH levels. Chlorine is an important chemical in keeping algae at bay so an environment in which it is less effective can give algae an opportunity to bloom.
- Still Water — Is the pump or vacuum off? Better check to make sure those are working because a key part of the pool water’s health is well-circulated water. Still water is most certainly inviting for algae. So if the water hasn’t been moving around at all… it’s time to mix it up before algae starts growing! Proper circulation is vital for a healthy, algae free pool. Part of this is because circulation helps distribute pool chemicals throughout the pool. Running the vacuum also sucks up dirt and debris that could house algae. Ideally the pump should be run for at least six to eight hours every day. Keeping the pool water moving and free of debris that could become a host for algae is key. Skimming the surface and brushing the tiles and interior surface of the pool can also help not only keep water moving but prevent algae from collecting.
- Cloudy Water — If the pool water starts to become cloudy, milky, foamy or slippery, it’s almost always an early indication that algae is starting to grow. If water goes from crystal clear to cloudy or the sides of the pool feel slippery to the touch, algae might have found a home there!
If a pool owner suspects algae is starting to grow, it’s important to take quick action. A pool service company, such as Aquaman Pools, should be highly skilled in treating the problem and returning the water to its clean, clear and healthy state.
Algae is typically one of the most common swimming pool problems and generally it can be taken care of without too much hassle — especially if it is detected and treated early. So keep a keen eye on the status of the pool to nip algae in the bud.