Your three-step guide for preparing for algae season

Every outdoor pool faces a constant onslaught of algae spores that wind, rain and swimmers introduce. When conditions are right, you can quickly find yourself with a pool full of algae if you don’t manage your water properly. Here is a three-step approach to winning the battle against algae in your pool whether your pool is a Clear Comfort pool or not.

STEP 1: PLAN AHEAD
  • Check your water level, test and balance it
  • Make sure the green light on your CCW100 is on and blinking
  • Inspect the blue hose to make sure the connections are secure and not kinked
  • Inspect your air injection setting with your flow meter, 5-7 liters per minute
  • Be aware of your annual cartridge renewal date
  • Create a shopping list of the items you will need
STEP 2: STOCK UP ON PRODUCTS
  • Professional water testing kit (Avoid making time consuming trips to the pool store – purchase a Taylor K-2005 test kit)
  • Muriatic acid (pH control)
  • Sodium bicarbonate (alkalinity control)
  • Algaecide (Pool Rx can provide an easy application for algae)
  • Phosphate remover
  • Pole, skim net, vacuum hose, vacuum head, leaf vacuum, nylon & wire brush
  • Unstabilized chlorine — specifically for occasional shock, use only cal-hypo or bleach, not di-chlor or tri-chlor
STEP 3: PRACTICE PROPER MAINTENANCE
  • Water balancing, daily, bi-weekly, etc.
  • Weekly pool maintenance, skim, vacuum, brush, empty baskets & cleaner bags
  • Weekly equipment inspections & any required repairs, leaks
  • Follow manufacturer recommended filter cleanings, backwashing, repairs
  • Be aware of your environment, including heavy bather loads, heavy rain, pollen, organic loading

MARCH ALGAE HEAT MAP


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Louie Warco

Louie Warco brings expertise in operations management and 10 years experience in service and maintenance in the pool industry to Clear Comfort. He joined Clear Comfort in 2015 and, as manager of customer success, he ensures our customers enjoy a sustainable, nontoxic and healthy swimming experience. Outside of the office, Louie loves to swim, cycle and golf.