Treating Algae and Keeping It At Bay
If you are dealing with algae, you should know these are common problems when you do not properly maintain your pool and keep it clean. Algae are living creatures and multiple rapidly when there is slow-flowing water that has nutrients and plenty of sunlight. July & August is the favorite time for algae to take residence in your pool. While algae aren’t necessarily dangerous to you, they could be a good home for harmful bacteria.
Green algae – The is the most common form. It can be free-floating or wall-clinging and if you brush properly and use proper shocking techniques and use an algaecide, you should be good to get rid of these annoyances.
Black algae – You are usually going to find these in rough surfaces like crack, crevices and plaster finishes. You won’t see them affecting water clarity but you are not going to be able to get rid of them with normal chlorine levels.
Yellow aka Mustard algae – You are going to find these in shady places of your pool. They form a sheet that is difficult to get rid of all the way. You are going to give some aggressive treatment when you want to get rid of yellow algae.
Pink algae – You will find they are considered to be bacteria as well but they spread slowly. You are normally going to find them in the corners of your pool.
Treating Algae – Simple Plan
When you are ready to treat the algae in your pool, use this simple plan to get rid of them for good. If this doesn’t work, you will need to call in an expert to help you get rid of them.
#1 – Remove the leaves and other debris out of your pool before treating algae.
#2 – Make sure your pool filter is clean and in proper running order so it is able to circulate as good as possible once the task is finished.
#3 – Once you are done, test your water to see if the pH level is between 7.4 and 7.6. If it is lower or higher, you will need to adjust it.
#4 – Shock your pool with a sizable dose of chlorine. This is going to take about 1-3 days but if your pool is in a very bad condition it could take longer. You may also need algaecide to get your pool back into the shape it needs to be.
#5 – After the pool has been shocked, brush the pool surfaces thoroughly.
Treating Algae & Keeping It Away
If you take proper care of your pool after you’ve gotten rid of the algae, you are not likely to have to deal with more annoyances from algae. You should be good to go with your the rest of your swimming season. If you need any help, make sure to give us a call and we will be glad to help you.
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