Nothing is more unsightly than a pool liner covered in green algae. It makes your pool look abandoned, swampy, and not somewhere you want to go for a swim. While algae isn’t necessarily harmful, the bacteria that feed on it can be, so it’s important to remove it from your pool if it appears. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent it from becoming a recurring problem. If your pool liner happens to have algae on it now, just keep reading. Here’s what to do to get rid of it.


Understanding Algae

In order to keep algae from growing on your pool liner, it’s important to understand how and why it forms. Algae spores can enter your pool at all times; from wind, rain, or contaminated objects that get into your pool, such as cleaning tools. From there, the spores can grow in just a few hours if the conditions are right. Some of the main factors of algae growth include a lack of circulation, filtration, and cleaning of your pool. That’s why pool maintenance, like checking pH and chlorine levels, is critical to a healthy pool.

The reason algae survives against your pool liner is because they feed off of all kinds of bacteria that enter your pool. From debris, dust, and the bacteria you bring in when you swim, algae live a fruitful life if left alone for too long.


Preventing the Problem

As we previously alluded to, properly cleaning your pool is the best way to prevent algae from building up on your pool liner. One of the best ways to ensure you regularly clean your pool is to make a schedule that works best for you. Things to consider putting on there are regular filter cleaning, brushing the pool’s walls, shocking the pool water as needed, and keeping track of chemical levels to adjust as necessary. Removing debris will help keep your pool clear and also allow the water to circulate, instead of sitting stagnant. This can be done as needed; basically, anytime you see leaves, sticks, or bugs in your pool, fish them out.

It’s important not to neglect pool cleaning during the colder months. Often, people will put a cover on their pool and forget it’s there. Even when it’s not in use, you should clean the pool on a regular basis to prevent any build-up on your pool liner.


Cleaning Your Pool Liner

If you are already seeing algae on your pool liner, then it’s obviously too late for prevention. But still, the prevention tips we listed are key in starting the process to remove existing algae from your pool. You’ll need to remove debris, balance the water, and shock your pool to make the conditions hard for algae to survive. If algae has built up on your pool liner, scrubbing the walls will stir it up and help the cleaning agents do their job. Sometimes, even after you clean it off, algae will leave green stains along your pool liner. If this is the case, you can use an algae stain remover.

If you’re unsure how to get your pool clean, don’t hesitate to reach out! Aqua Blue Pools, conveniently located in Cabot, knows what it takes to get a pool back in tip-top shape and algae free.