Should I Treat Algae Before Closing my Swimming Pool or Wait Until Spring?

It’s common to develop algae problems in a swimming pool at the end of the pool season. Temperatures become unstable and in many parts of the country, there is a lot of rainfall which leads to algae growth. Pool owners often go on vacation or become less enthusiastic about the swimming pool so they don’t take care of the water as well as they did at the beginning of the season.

closed-poolShould you treat the algae problem before you close the pool? Or should you wait and deal with the problem in the spring. The answer is clear. You should absolutely deal with the algae before you close your swimming pool. Why? First of all, your swimming pool will be much easier to clean in the spring if you have it in the best condition possible before you close it. If not, you’ll end up using more chemicals and spending more time and money when you open the pool the following spring.

An untreated algae problem will simply get worse during the winter and early spring. Algae can continue to grow while your pool is closed. How can you effectively treat the algae problem? There are some steps you should follow carefully to rid your swimming pool completely of algae.

To remove algae, begin by thoroughly brushing the pool. This will remove the algae from areas where it is hard to treat. Check your pool with a testing kit to ensure that all the chemicals are properly balanced. Pay special attention to the pH which should read between 7.4 and 7.6. This will help your chlorine work as effectively as possible. You should shock the pool with chlorine. You may also want to add an algaecide. Follow the directions on the package. Be sure to run your swimming pool filter overnight to help clear your pool water.

After you close your pool, there is always a chance that you’ll have unusually warm weather. Spring may start earlier than usual and you may not have planned to open your pool when the weather starts to heat up. In these cases, you should add extra algaecide and chlorine to provide extra protection.

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