How to deal with algae growth   

by Pool Builders on 03-08-2012 in Articles

Most algae is not harmful to swimmers, but this single-cell plant form is still a frustration to pool owners. Learning more about algae and how to treat it is the first step to ridding your pool of this pest.

Algae can form in patches on the pool's surface or cover it entirely, or it can form in the
water. It is so small that by the time the bloom is visible, you've already had an algae problem for a while. It can clog your circulation system or stain the pool's surface.

Check your circulation system. Algae often forms in places where the water gets poor circulation. If there is a "dead spot" of water in your pool, it will be especially prone to algae growth. That's why you see algae in static water like ponds rather than rivers. The most common type of algae is green algae, but you might also see yellow algae, otherwise known as mustard algae, black algae, or small-celled green algae, which can be hard to spot because it isn't always visible and is often misdiagnosed as a mineral problem.

Make sure you are shocking properly and running the pool pump enough, and you should also check your water chemistry. This is essential to overall pool health and if one of these elements is out of order, repercussions like cloudy pool water or algae can result.

If you are still having problems with algae, there are some advanced steps you could take.Treat your pool with algaecide. There are other chemicals that can help, too, like Super Floc. Super Floc is a chemical that brings pool contaminants to the pool's floor so that it can get picked up by your pool cleaner.

Treat your cleaning supplies with algaecide, too. Certain types of algae can survive outside of the pool water for a period of time. The spores can cling to nets and other supplies and then re-contaminate your pool water when you use them. If you keep ridding your pool of algae only to have it return again, try leaving your nets and other supplies in the pool while you are treating the pool with algaecide in order to treat the supplies, too. If general algaecide isn't doing the trick you should try using algaecide that targets your specific type of algae.

Most algae is not harmful to swimmers, but this single-cell plant form is still a frustration to pool owners.

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