How to Kill Algae_____________________

If your pool looks like this, you have an algae bloom.  There are many factors that can contribute to the bloom; regardless of how it happened though, you just want it gone.  Here is the procedure to kill the algae in the shortest amount of time.

What you'll need:
  • Skimmer net (preferably a deep net leaf rake)
  • Wall Brush
  • Vacuum
  • Chlorine based shock product (enough for 4-6 shock treatments)
  • Bioguard Erase (strongest algaecide available)
  • Time
How to do it:
  1. Using the skimmer net, physically remove as much organic debris as possible from the pool
  2. Use the wall brush to brush the sides and bottom of the pool to get all the algae out into suspension
  3. Shock the pool with a proper chlorine based shock product.  Be sure to follow the directions on the package for amount to add.
  4. An hour after shocking, vacuum pool then backwash filter.  (tip: if there is a lot of algae in the pool, vacuum with filter on 'waste' so that the algae doesn't go into your filter, as it can clog it quickly).
  5. Now add Bioguard Erase at an amount of 100ml per 10000 liters of water and following directions on bottle for application. (tip: a maintenance algaecide is not formulated to kill algae nearly as well, it will also take a much higher dosage to achieve the same results).
  6. Continue to shock and vacuum pool every day until algae is gone.  Noticeable improvement should be noticed in 48hrs. (tip: a sign that the water is heading in the right direction is when it turns from green to blue and cloudy looking)
  7. Once water has significantly improved, bring us a water sample so that we can give you rebalancing and weekly maintenance instructions.  This is a big step in preventing another algae bloom. 
  8. Purchase a proper sand filter cleaning product to kill any algae that may have entered the filter.
  9. Get back to enjoying your pool.
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