If you own a pool, you have no other choice than to keep it clean. The more you keep it clean, the higher are the chances of keeping it away from algae.
Believe it or not, nothing can be worse than allowing your pool to accumulate algae because it takes no time to affect your pool and its surroundings.
Moreover, neither you nor your loved ones will want to swim around in such unhygienic water. So, whether it’s an above ground or in-ground pool, cleaning it in the right manner is a must. The good news is, you can remove algae from your pool without taking help of a pool vacuum cleaner.
In this article we are going to share some helpful methods of removing algae from your pool without a vacuum cleaner.
Before Get Started:
Well, before going to applying different methods you should make sure few things. They are:
Clean the filter thoroughly
You are fortunate if your pool is having a filter . In fact, this is a huge advantage even if you are not having any pool vacuum cleaner. For this, the most important thing is to get the filter cleaned.
Just make sure that the cleaning is done properly and the filter is in good condition. While cleaning it, turn it off and take a brush to clean up the sides. This would result in the clearance of algae.
However, if you find that there is too much dirt in it, a garden hose can do a great job in getting rid of all the accumulated dirt and dust. Remember, the filter needs to be cleaned first once you find that the water in the pool has become very dirty.
Take good care of the pump:
The most lovable place where algae take pleasure in growing is none other than stagnant water. Well, this is a blunder in case your pool ends up having this. Instead, you being the owner, must keep checking whether there is proper water circulation in the pool. The better the water circulation in the pool, the lesser the chances of giving birth to algae.
Sometimes, the pump itself get clogged and this affects their performance to a good extent. As a result, it becomes easier for algae to establish its foundation and then follows the chaos. In such cases, what the majority of pool cleaners do is they take help of skimmers.
Also, the pump strainers do a smarter job and bring on fruitful results. But again, whether you prefer using a skimmer or a pump strainer, you need to keep checking and cleaning them weekly. The best thing to do is take these off the pool and give them a good wash.
On the other hand, the sand filters if backwashed on a regular basis, can help in better cleaning. Allow more than 9 hours to run your pump daily, especially when the swim season is on. This would sustain a rapid movement of the pool water, making it free of algae, dirt, and dust.
Brush walls, steps and ladders:
Brushing will loosen algae that is clinging in your pool walls, steps and ladders and get it into the water. A brush with telescopic pole will do the job perfectly. By doing so, the chlorine shock will be more effective at killing it.
We will discuss more about shocking a pool later in this article. Keep reading...
Test the pool water:
Before going to apply any kinds of pool treatment you should test the pool water Ph and alkalinity levels. It is important to get the ph level balanced so the chemicals work effectively to kill the algae. If they are in a recommended level then no need to worry about it. Otherwise, you must adjust the ph and alkalinity levels of the pool.
Now, let’s have a quick look at the most potential method of removing algae from the pool water without the help of a vacuum cleaner:
How to get algae out of pool without a vacuum:
Method 1: Make use of a potential algaecide
In comparison to a vacuum cleaner, this is a super smart method of keeping algae away from your pool. If you start talking to people and explore the market options, you will come across potential algaecides that have been designed specifically to eliminate algae.
Some prefer using these on a regular basis in their pool for keeping it free of all germs. However, it is always better to go with algaecides designed for specific algae types.
For instance, there are black algae, green algae, and yellow algae, and each of them has different algaecides for treatment. So, it is better you identify the nature of the algae that is dominating in your pool, and accordingly, you go for the tool.
If you are, however, willing to spend a bit more, a multi-purpose algaecide will be good for this purpose.
What you will need:
- An algaecide ( copper metallic algaecide)
N.B: This algaecide is specially formulated to eliminate green and mustard algae.
The Step By Step Process:
- First of all, make sure to run the pool pump before putting the algiecide in your pool so the water keep circulating.
- Take 16 ounces of algaecide for a 10,000 gallons pool and put it into the water.
- Let the filter run for 12-24 hours for best result.
Method 2: Use of a Shock Product
This is one of the most inexpensive and effective method of removing algae from your pool.
What you will need:
- Eye wear
- Hand Gloves
- A Bucket
- Calcium Hypochlorite pool shock. ( 1 to 4 bags depending on the gallon of water)
The Step By Step Process:
- Before get started, make sure you wear eye wear and hand gloves.
- After that, fill a 5 gallon bucket with normal water.
- Then, add one pound of shock to the bucket of water and stir the mixing.
- Apply the mixture directly to the affected areas. If the algae growth is significant, therefore you have to use double dose of the Calcium Hypochlorite .The shock will raise the chlorine, which kills the algae.
N.B: For a regular shock, 1 pounds of Calcium Hypochlorite will work for 10,000 gallons of water.
- It's highly recommended to shock the pool at night and let the filter run continuously for at least eight hours. As a result the the shock will mix into the water and kill all the algae.
Watch the following video on, how to shock your swimming pool to remove algae:
Important: After shocking the pool the water may turn cloudy which is normal. No need to worry about that. Just make sure to run the pool pump 24/7 until it clears up. Some pool owner use clarifier to remove cloudiness from their above ground pool.
How to Get Dead Algae Off Bottom of Pool (The Fastest Way)?
Once you’ve killed the algae, they will sink at the bottom of your pool and you’ve to remove those staffs. The good news is that, you can effectively remove those dead algae from your pool bottom by using an efficient pool vacuum cleaner.
For this, we highly recommend to use a robotic pool cleaner for fastest result.
Why? Because, robotic pool cleaners usually comes with large debris intake, and large filter bag. Therefore, they’ll pick up most dead algae within a short time. However, before getting a robotic cleaner make sure that, it can climb walls and waterline.
How to Remove Dead Algae from Pool Without A Vacuum?
You can also remove dead algae and sediment from the pool bottom without a pool cleaner. Well, this is the most cost effective way of vacuuming dead algae and large leaves from your pool.
- For this method, you should have a garden hose, a leaf catcher, and a telescopic pole.
- Simply, attach the garden hose and the telescopic pole to the leaf catcher. The benefit of using a leaf catcher is that, it won’t kick up the debris compared to a leaf rack.
- Then, clean every nook and corner of your pool with this homemade pool cleaner. However, make sure that the pole is long enough to cover the entire pool bottom.
Some essential tips for the prevention of algae growth in your pool?
So, I think you’ve got enough information on how to remove algae from your pool. However, you must take necessary steps to prevent algae growth in the future.
- You must ensure the proper circulation of your water. For that, the filter and the pump should be in good condition. And you must run your pump properly.
- You must keep your chlorine level in proper level. (1-3 parts per million)
- Your water chemistry (pH, Calcium hardness, and alkalinity) should be in optimum level. To maintain that level, we recommend to test your pool water at least once a week.
- Before using any pools toys or swimming suits (that already used in another swimming pool) you must wash and disinfect them properly.
- Brush the pool sides, ladders, and bottom. These are the hotspots of algae.
- And finally vacuum your pool regularly to remove dirt, sand, leaves etc.
So, you see why a vacuum cleaner is finally not required to remove algae from your pool. If you already have one, try reaping its benefits out of it, or otherwise, you have better and smarter strategies that would fetch you outstanding results.
To be honest, a vacuum cleaner might help you in cutting time and effort. But if you can avoid using it and invest a little bit of your creative thoughts and of course patience, pool cleaning would seem quite satisfactory and those algae are sure to bid you goodbye.