Eeewww why is the pool water black? Why is it that horrible green? It’s algae! How to get algae out of the pool is something that the swimming pool contractors from Imperial Pool Builders in Champaign, Illinois talk with their customers about and is a clean up task they are called upon to help with.

When you work with a swimming pool service contractor, chances are you won’t have to deal with algae. Many pool owners who decide to care for the pool and perform the maintenance on their own find that if they neglect the pool, algae will quickly take hold.

Algae is most typically found in concrete aka gunite swimming pools simply because that building material has rough surfaces and the algae spores can “hibernate” in them until the conditions are ripe for them to bloom and make your pool look like something from a horror flick!

How to get algae out of the pool

The best way to address algae is to not let it happen in the first case. This is a great idea, but sometimes, no matter how diligent you are about sanitation and pool maintenance, it happens. Algae spores can be blown into the pool on a leaf or on the air itself and a day or two of not cleaning it or not removing the cover will give the algae the chance to use the warmed, not cleaned and potentially not circulated water to take over your pool water.

Pools don’t have to be neglected for a long period of time in order for algae to take hold. A weekend of warm weather, a non running pump and the cover on and poof — algae filled pool. Algae will grow more quickly in warm and shallow water because warmth is what algae needs to grow. Pool steps and stairs are a favorite breeding ground for spores; pay special attention to the areas in, around and under and behind the steps when you’re cleaning your pool.

Once algae has taken hold, it is difficult and time-consuming to remove. If you see algae in the pool, it’s best to call in the services of a swimming pool service contractor to take care of it for you. It will take hours of cleaning, vacuuming, adding copious amounts of chlorine and running the pool pump for hours and hours. You may also need to have the filter cleaned so there are no lingering spores that could get back into the swimming pool.

If you see the telltale signs of algae, call us as soon as possible!