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Best Ways to Prevent Algae in Your Pool

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The Borate in the water at 50 ppm helps reduce chlorine usage by eliminating Carbon Dioxide and keeping the pH stable. Chlorine lasts longer when the pH is right at 7.6-7.8. When the chlorine is in the ideal range, the killing element in chlorine, the HOCI, is at the most balanced percentage, so the chlorine in a pool with a pH of 7.4 is 30% more effective than in a pool with a pH of 8.0. This is a significant factor in creating the safest swim environment, and the borates will keep the pH much more stable and, in turn, make the chlorine much more effective.

Borates in the pool will make the pH stable and easy to control. A pool with a saltwater generator is a must. It also will keep your salt cell from building up Calcium rapidly since it sequesters the Calcium in the water. This means the salt cell will remain clean, and your salt system will run much more efficiently.

Boric Acid is a known Biostat. This prevents the algae cell from forming and multiplying. Thus, a pool with a Borate level between 30-50 ppm will prevent algae growth. Since Borate prevents algae cells from growing, algae blooms will be a thing of the past. No more algaecides or shocking the pool; algae won't grow in your pool any longer.

Phosphate and Enzymes:
This one-two punch can be highly effective in allowing the chlorine to work in the pool on the intended things and not be "used up" by phosphates and non-living organics.

Instead of getting technical and trying to teach a science class explaining how enzymes work, we will try to break it down more simply. Enzymes break non-living things down into smaller and smaller bits. Many non-living things are in pool and spa water: body oils, sweat, cosmetics, and sunscreens, to name a few. This frees up the chlorine to work on the things it was intended to fight, like viruses and bacteria, instead of being wasted on these non-living organics.

Phosphates are food for algae, and by eliminating them from the water, you eliminate at least one primary food source for algae. This will prevent algae growth, so chlorine levels drop rapidly in some pools.

PoolRX and Mineral Systems:
Using the PoolRX on your pool route will save you time and money. The manufacturer's claim of saving 20-30% on chemical costs is plausible, and once you try a PoolRx in one of your accounts, you will be surprised by its effectiveness.

PoolRx is a mineral technology that does two straightforward things when used in your pool or spa: it eliminates all algae and allows you to use less chlorine during the pool season. The active ingredient is Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate (chelated).

Chlorine-Free Sun Shock:
The Remington Solar Chlorine-Free "Sun Shock" comes with everything you need in the box, including copper test strips. It is essential to test the Copper levels every few weeks to ensure they stay safe. Again, remove the product from the pool for a week or two if it gets too high. In my area of Southern California, healthy water is challenging to use, so the Anode developed a lot of build-ups while in use. So it is essential also to check and clean the Anode every week if needed.

One of the benefits of the Remington Solar Chlorine-Free "Sun Shock" is that with the Anode working (solar panels), it will prevent algae and kill micro-organisms. If you want, you can lower the chlorine level to 1.0 – 1.5 ppm and run your pool with a low chlorine level. You can maintain your chlorine at 3.0 ppm if you choose, and the Remington Solar will still have the same benefits. Since it prevents algae, you will notice your chlorine use drop by as much as 50%, as algae is a big reason your chlorine is used up in your pool. If your pool has a continuous algae problem, the Remington Solar would be perfect. The test pool has step areas that get no Sunlight all year round.

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