You want to stop algae growth in your swimming pool?
Nasty green algae make the pool look unkempt. Algae grow best in still, unsanitary water that hasn’t been disinfected. If your pool has a high level of algae, they have to wonder how safe the water is. It looks bad and can smell worse.
Algae may be resistant to chlorine, and it will certainly explode if you don’t add enough chlorine. If you don’t do enough to stop algae, the filters will need to be cleaned much more often. And you have to change out the filters after every use of algaecide and chlorine based pool shock. Some algae like mustard algae forms a biofilm that requires heavy scrubbing to remove before algaecide can have an effect, and you want to stop it as soon as you see it so that you don’t have to drain and seriously scrub the pool to remove it.
The sheer work required to control algae as well as the cost are reason enough to want to stop its growth as soon as you see it.
Prevent algae growth in your pool
Treating algae costs more than preventing it from becoming a problem in the first place. Adding massive levels of chlorine to kill algae makes the pool unusable for a longer period of time, though it typically kills algae. Most types of algae growth make the water more acidic, making maintaining proper pool chemistry that much harder.
Preventing it maximizes the amount of enjoyment your family can get out of the pool, while reducing the amount of maintenance the pool needs.
Your ideal solution for preventing algae growth is to add something to the pool that essentially sterilizes the water as it moves, so that algae can’t take root the next time it is introduced.
What are your best solutions for stopping algae when it first appears? And what are the best products for preventing algae in the first place?
Floatron Solar Powered Natural Pool Cleaner
The Floatron solar powered pool cleaner uses solar power to drive this pool cleaner, so it doesn’t rely on expensive batteries or long power cords. It reduces the need for chlorine by up to eighty percent while killing algae. One the biggest points in favor of this unit is the fact that it requires little maintenance. The electrode on it does require occasional cleaning, but this is less work than cleaning the entire wall of the pool periodically to remove algae. The filters need to be cleaned as well or it cannot do its job.
The unit costs around two hundred and fifty collars new. You can find it on sale for less than $180. One of the perks of this unit is that you get water testing supplies and a scrub brush for it in addition to the solar powered unit, first filter and anode. This is the better choice if you want an all in one product along with supplies to verify how well it works or a budget product to see what you think of the technology.
It requires periodic replacement of the electrode it uses to ionize the water to kill algae and germs. Replacement electrodes cost around fifty dollars, though they should last a full season unless you have a bad algae problem, routinely drain the whole pool and refill it or put it in a very large pool.
Note that this unit is sized for pools with forty thousand gallons of water or less. Nor will it kill a major algae infestation that already exists; this instead of a good product to put in the pool after you’ve killed the algae to minimize the amount of chlorine required to keep it from coming back. This is a more environmentally friendly option than a large floating bleach-smelling disk, as well as more child safe.
Human Creations Solar Pool Purifier
Like the Floatron unit it is solar powered and intended for pools up to forty thousand gallons in capacity. This pool purifier also uses an electrode to oxidize the water and help kill algae and germs. You get a cleaning brush, filter screen, water test strips and anode bar.
This pool purifier costs around $240 at full price, but you can find it for less than $200 on sale. Replacement anodes cost around forty dollars, and replacement filters cost around eight dollars. Human Creations is more responsive to customer needs, and you can see this in the tether hook the manufacturer added to this model that prior ones lacked. Reaching customer service if you need warranty, work, though can be a challenge.
This unit is the better choice if the task of fishing out the pool purifier to scrub the filter clean is too much hassle and you’d prefer to simply replace the filter. If you’re regularly applying pool shock to kill algae, a situation that requires replacing all the filters in the pool to eliminate all ways the algae could come back, you want this unit so you can simply replace the filter and be good to go. Be careful not to let the anode touch any metal on the filter or it will corrode faster.