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Controlling Pool Contaminants – From Pollen to Algae

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Dave No Comments

Most of the year in Palmdale, Lancaster, and the Antelope Valley as a whole, the wind is blowing. This leads to a lot of contaminants like pollen, dust, and dirt ending up in your pool.

Even worse, there are algae and bacteria that can invade your treasured backyard oasis. However, with some regular maintenance, you can still enjoy your swimming pool even if the wind never seems to stop blowing.


Pool Invaders

Here are the typical pool invaders and what they can do to your swimming pool if left alone:

  • Pollen often travels from grass, trees, and weeds and can soon overwhelm a swimming pool. While the spring time can lead to a great amount of pollen, the fall can definitely be problematic as the winds increase and the leaves begin to fall. The pool service can become yellow or green due to the pollen, making it appear very unattractive for swimming and eventually causing other problems if not treated.
  • Algae found in a swimming pool can also arrive via wind, rain, and even the sunshine. Algae are very small plants, and they are often found as green, yellow, or even black varieties, growing on the sides of pools as well as around cracks and crevices of the pool. This can turn the pool green or black. Algae only make themselves to home if a pool is not regularly taken care of and the water becomes unbalanced.


Strategies for Taking Care of Algae

  • One of the best ways to take control of pollen and algae is to regularly run the pool’s filtration system.
  • In the fall, it is good to keep a good swimming pool cover or debris shield on the pool. This will cut down on leaves, dirt, and pollen.
  • For pollen, it’s best to regularly skim the pool’s service as well as vacuum the pool walls and floor to pick up anything that is clinging to the sides or fallen to the bottom of the pool.

Of course, it helps to regularly clean and brush a pool to keep algae away, but chemistry is important, too.

  • Chlorine levels should be kept between 1 part per million and 3 parts per million. If algae have gotten out of control, it may be necessary to shock – or superchlorinate – the water. This will bring chlorine levels to 10 parts per million and should then be left overnight and retested the next day. This should make a noticeable difference in the appearance of green and yellow algae, especially if the areas of the pool walls, steps, floor and edges are brushed with a stainless steel wire-type brush to loosen it up.
  • It may be necessary to also use algaecide to treat any algae problems. Those algaecides with a quaternary ammonia base tend to be less expensive and may not stain your pool like other kinds. Before shocking the pool, this should be tried first.
  • If black algae are present, you will need to use an algaecide that is specifically made to treat this type of algae. It is a lot harder to get rid of.
  • Do not add mix in water with these types of pool chemicals. The pool chemicals should be added to water. This will prevent any dangerous reactions that could occur and prevent injury.

Getting Professional Assistance

While you may be able to take care of pollen and dirt by yourself or with the help of an automatic cleaner, you may need to consider professional help when it comes to shocking your pool or killing algae, especially since so many chemicals are involved.

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