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    Clear pool but algae in, on and behind the stair

    I have something similar to wedding cake steps but smaller. My pool has been clear all summer. I am currently draining the pool so we can install a new liner due to some major tears and we will be renting out the house in Jan. Anyway, I unscrewed the stairs from the deck and pulled them to the side and GROSSNESS came pouring out of the steps! Dark green algae water was inside the steps, behind and under the steps and on the underside of the steps. All summer I have thrown a gallon of bleach ON the steps during my normal chlorination cycle and swept behind them. The past month we have not used the pool but maybe twice. How do I go about getting these steps to not hold so much algae? Like I said, the pool has had NO algae probs all summer and it has been a HOT one here in southern Virginia! I don't want our renters to have problems with algae, although it will be in the contract that they will have to take care of the pool if they want to use it.
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    Re: Clear pool but algae in, on and behind the stair

    Is there some way to cut holes in the side to improve circulation or permit slipping a trichlor puck inside the steps?
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    Re: Clear pool but algae in, on and behind the stair

    Not sure. The steps are probably 3" thick and have small holes in them already. They also have circulation holes on the sides. I have these http://www.doheny.com/poolsupplies/Migh ... QgodBEsAGg
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    Re: Clear pool but algae in, on and behind the stair

    Also must point out that the sides that the treads connect to are filled half way with sand per manufacturers instructions. Not sure if that water is also algae-fide as of yet.
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    Re: Clear pool but algae in, on and behind the stair

    I noticed that you said the renters had to keep the pool up "IF THEY WANTED TO USE IT".

    What happens if they do not want to use it? I would hate to see you put in a new liner and have it ruined.

    We had to give up our wedding cake steps due to not being able to find a way to keep them algae free.

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    Re: Clear pool but algae in, on and behind the stair

    The pool will be covered and we will be hiring a pool company to check the pool twice a year.
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