Phosphates are chemical compounds containing phosphorous. Phosphorus is a non-metallic element that is necessary for life and also functions as a plant nutrient. Phosphates are one of the nutrients that algae need to grow, and remain after algaecides have killed the algae. For this reason, it is important to kill all the algae before starting a phosphate removal procedure, because algae eat phosphates for food.

How Do Phosphates Get Into a Pool?

A small amount of phosphate can enter your pool from detergents or soaps, plant fertilizers, skin, source water, animals, soil and plants. It can even come through the air from the dust of phosphate mines. A Pinch A Penny expert can determine the phosphate levels in your water, or you can use a Phosphate Test at home. From this, you may determine that you need to lower the level of phosphates in your pool.

How Do You Get Phosphates Out of the Pool?

Pinch A Penny carries just the thing! Suncoast Phosphate Remover eliminates phosphates caused by pool chemicals, fertilizers, and other sources. It is 100% safe for your family and the environment. Use 2 oz. per 10,000 gallons weekly to maintain the level of phosphates in your pool.

If you have a particularly high level of phosphates, you may need to use Suncoast Super Phosphate Remover. This is the strongest, most concentrated phosphate remover on the market. 1 quart removes up to 9,000 ppb (parts per billion) of phosphates in 10,000 gallons of water. As an added bonus, you can swim immediately after application!

Pinch A Penny also carries a phosphate specifically formulated for salt pools, Salinity Phosphate Remover.

Some Things to Consider

  • This product will cause cloudiness in your pool water.  This is a normal reaction caused by the product bonding with the phosphates. You can pair a phosphate remover with Ultimate Water Clarifier to help restore your pool’s clarity faster.
  • Your filter will generally remove the bonded phosphates from the water within several hours.
  • Be sure that your pool is balanced and your filter is clean or backwashed before application.
  • Super Phosphate Remover is also a great product to use on initial new pool use or opening.

For specific directions and application amounts, including directions for initial treatment for high phosphate amounts, please refer to the product label or talk to an expert at your local Pinch A Penny store.

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