How to Get Algae Out of Pool Without a Vacuum

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Use of the Swimming Pool Filters

The best way to get algae out of the pool is to use a swimming pool filter. There are many different kinds of swimming pool filters and still more kinds of filters to clean the water.

The most common type of filter is known as the sand filter. This is very popular amongst homeowners and can handle a much larger amount if water than other swimming pool filters.

One of the main advantages of a sand filter is that after it removes the dirt, it can be washed and used again and again.

One of these filters is known as the DE filter. This is just like a sand filter except instead of using either sand or ceramic, this filter uses DE ( diatomaceous earth ) which is a purified form of silica.

This does not absorb like the sand does but litterally forms a thin layer on the surface of the water.

This in addition eliminates the need to drain the pool to clean the filter, and also allows the pool to produce a natural chlorine.

When all of these filters are used in a sequence they are referred to a filter system.

Manual Brushing of the Sides of the Pool

Not everyone has a strong physical constitution, and you might not want to spend your precious pool time pushing a heavy vacuum. Nor do you want to invest in manual pool upkeep tools, in case your pool gets clogged by algae again.

What I love about manual pool brushing is that you can do the whole thing yourself and spend leisurely time with a drink by the pool. Just make sure you are well clothed and wear a pair of lidless shoes. I also love this job because it makes you feel like you're a pool service technician, but it only takes a few minutes.

All you need to do is brush all the surfaces of the pool, starting from the top, then going down and around.

Do this once a week. Soon you'll be rid of the green monster and you'll have a blue pool.

Use Algaecide Materials or Chemicals

Algaecides are materials that can be used to make it difficult and undesirable for algae to grow on a swimming pool surface. Algaecides are usually combined with chlorine, salt or minerals.

They are used as a preventive measure by swimming pool management companies, or they are used by the pool owner to prevent algae growth.

If you have a large pool or choose not to chemically manage your water, you may need to use a pool cover.

Pool covers can be transparent and act as a solar blanket.

A floating pool cover prevents algae and debris from raining down into the pool. An added bonus is fewer bugs, fewer kids and adults getting in the pool and reducing your skin exposure to chlorine.

If you are not using a cover all or part of the time, it is best to vacuum the pool when you do use it and to also brush the walls and floor when you tend to the rest of the pool.

You can do this with a pool skimmer, a pool brush or with a swimming pool vacuum. These devices will clean the pool floor and the walls where trapped debris, dirt, and oils tend to accumulate.

You can also clean the pool with a pool scrubber, which has a disk with bristles that can get into the tightest areas of the pool and work magic in getting out algae. A pool skimmer works on the surface.

Final Words

Algae in your pool is undeniably an eyesore, and all it takes is a single visit to the pool to prevent it from returning. Moreover, it can be harmful to your skin.

So having a pool that is always free of algae is a very good idea. The best way to do that is to take prevent measures.

That’s where you can implement some of the suggestions we made above. In simpler words, it all comes down to this statement: Keep your pool clean, keep it stable and check it often.

This is where you ask yourself: Am I going to make an effort to maintain my pool? The idea here is to make a choice that you will stick to by following through and making it a habit. In case of doubt or problems, you can always consult your pool maintenance service and ask their advice.

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