One of the most prevalent problems that pool owners deal with is algae. This is especially true in warm, humid states like Florida and throughout the South. How does algae get in a swimming pool in the first place? Wind, rain, contaminated swimsuits or even pool cleaning tools can bring algae spores into pools. The presence of nitrates can also help contribute to algae blooms. Combine this with a lack of good circulation, filtration or sanitation and you have a recipe for algae. Algae multiplies rapidly on warm, sunny days in above or inground pools. When conditions are right, an algae bloom can occur in a matter of hours.

What’s the best way to get rid of green algae?

Suncoast All In One Algaecide is the best way to get rid of algae in your pool. It kills and prevents every type of algae, including black, green and yellow mustard algae, as well as pink bacteria. In addition, it has clarifying properties to help keep your pool clear.

This free-floating algae variety, which imparts a cloudy green color to the water, is easy to correct if treated early. Getting rid of it requires only 2 chemicals. Just follow the instructions below and you will be back to blue in no time!

1: Adjust pool water pH to normal range of 7.4-7.6 and the alkalinity to 80-120ppm. Your neighborhood Pinch A Penny offers free water tests to help you with this step.

2: Add one gallon of Suncoast Gold Liquid Chlorine or 2 bags of Suncoast Granular Chlorinating Shock per 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. If you have a salt pool, you can use Salinity Surge Shock, as your Pinch A Penny store about what amount to use in your pool.

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3: Brush the pool walls and let the filter run continuously until it eliminates the algae.

4: Vacuum the swimming pool after treatment, then clean your filter.

5: 24 hours after shocking add the initial dose of All In One Algaecide at 16 oz. per 10,000 gallons, using a bucket to dilute.

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6: Repeat step 2 after 48 hours.

7: Begin to follow the ABC’s of Pool Care.

There you have it, one of the most effective methods to quickly clear green algae and prevent it from coming back. For severe cases, you may need to double or triple the dosage, so visit your local Pinch A Penny store to consult with one of our pool care experts.  

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