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5 Ways to Keep Your Pool Algae Free During the August Heat


pool algaeWell it's that time of year folks. August is here, vacations are being taken left and right, the heat is on, and for some pool owners, this all can equate to that green thing that makes pool ownership a frustrating experience---Algae.

But truth be told, it need not be this way. Personally, I've had my fiberglass pool for 6 years now and never had algae in our pool. In fact, with today's technology, there's really no reason anyone should be having problems with algae in the first place.

It's for this reason I decided to make a list of 5 keys to ensuring your pool doesn't have problems with the "green monster" during these hot months. Here goes...

1. Keep your sanitizer levels up!!! For most folks, this means your chlorine needs to be kept at optimal levels, all day, every day. This is also why we're such big advocates of salt chlorine generators at River Pools, as they manage to keep a consistent level of chlorine in the pool at all times, preventing the growth of algae in the first place. And for those of you not using salt, make sure to shock your pool at least weekly during this time of year.

2. Keep the water moving: One key to remember is that algae likes to start when water stops, which is why it's a good idea to always keep your pool water filtering during the month of August (and the rest of the season for that matter). This is also why most modern pools have variable speed pumps, which allows constant water flow without the high energy usage.

3. Use the pool: Did you know often times the best way of keep a pool clean and free of debris is by swimming in it as much as possible? Yep, that's certainly the case, and it's because swimmers stir up the water and debris, allowing the skimmer to catch more particles and ultimately filtering the pool better.

4. Keep an eye on your filter: This goes back to #2, but if your sand or cartridge get too clogged up, the water will slow down, which can hurt filtration as well as chlorine production...which is bad news.

5. Add an algaecide weekly: Although this isn't always necessary, it's another means of algae prevention, and something that certainly won't hurt your chances of having a hassle-free summer with your pool.

So there you have it folks, 5 ways to keep your pool algae free during the hot month of August. Good luck everyone!!

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I totally get the point about using the pool to keep it clean. We haven't used ours in about a week (or so) and I forgot to cover it and now there's a nice pile of wisteria and live oak leaves in the bottom of it. Guess I'll be vacuuming it this weekend.
Posted @ Friday, August 17, 2012 10:12 AM by Addie
These tips are great my pool has been plagued by algae and is currently dark green. I need all the help I can get with taking care of my pool an keeping it crystal clear.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:57 PM by pool lighting ideas
Not sure where to ask this question but I read one of your posts on pool mfg that you liked and you had BarrierReef on the list. We are debating between Leisure and BarrierReef and the Leisure builder obviously said not to go with Barrier Reef. When I pointed to your post he said to check out why you were no longer installing them. Can you explain? Are they an inferior pool? It is virtually impossible to find solid information on these pool mfg as each builder claims the other mfg is bad. I am about to give up!
Posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 1:21 PM by Liz
I know it isn't quite August when I'm commenting on this, but it certainly feels like it here in Texas (it is in the upper 80's in February... What is going on here?!) 
Anyway, this heat has me looking around at pool posts since I am about to start using my pool again and it seems as though there is some algae from disuse over the winter! 
I use a Dolphin Premier to clean it, but I guess I haven't been very good about it over the (very brief) winter months. It does a really good job with algae usually, but this might be more than any 'bot can handle! So thank you for this post, it is very helpful. 
Posted @ Tuesday, February 05, 2013 1:44 PM by Natalie
i have a white fiberglass pool that is 10 years old. last season for the first time i started experiencing problems with the pool sides leaving white residue on my skin. washing down the pool sides left the water very cloudy (which disappeared after one cycle). This happened three different times. did i have the start of an algae problem, or is it possible i have an issue with my finish on the fiberglas?
Posted @ Saturday, March 16, 2013 3:12 PM by denise
disregard my previous post. i found several other threads on your site...i guess i'll wait until spring and trouble-shoot. i dont believe it is the gel coat as when i wash the sides down, the surface texture feels gritty before wipe down, but is smooth and normal after. residue from over chlorination might be possible because i did have chlorinator problems last year and was continually high on chlorine. it was also a very hot summer and is the first time I had used an algeacide other than when closing or opening the pool. I'll see what happens this year.
Posted @ Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:52 PM by denise
I have a slat water fish tank and the algae build up every 3-4 days. What a pain it is to clean.
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:31 PM by Plumbing Cambridge
Great read. By far the best way to keep the algae out is to keep the filtration / flow going! There is no substitute! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure..!
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 10:13 PM by James Madison
Posted @ Monday, June 03, 2013 8:03 AM by zacci nicole s. sarmiento
I bought a Royal fiberglass pool in August 2012.The mold was bad and is 2 inches unlevel Trilogy had bought Royal out and wont do anything..Nobody will take blame so I guess we paid $50000 for a unlevel pool.I would never get a fiberglass pool.
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