Water discoloration: spotting it early and treating it   

by Pool Builders on 04-24-2012 in Articles

The key to treating swimming pool algae is prevention, but sometimes flare ups just happen. Spotting problems early can help get rid of algae sooner. Here are some things to look out for:

Green Particles

Green particles are easy to diagnose because if you've got green in your swimming pool, it is most likely an algae problem. Thiese particles could be found floating freely in your pool water or stuck on the swimming pool walls. Algae of any kind, especially green algae, grow in €dead areas€ of the swimming pool that might not be getting adequate circulation.

Cloudy Water

On the other hand, this is the most difficult color to diagnose. Cloudy water could be the result of many things. You might have a chemical imbalance. You might not be running your filter enough or your filtration system isn't working properly. Or you might not be shocking with enough chemical or not shocking often enough. You might also be about to experience an algae bloom. The one thing you can be sure of is that it is a sign that something is wrong, so start going through the list of possibilities before the problem gets worse.

Black Particles

Assuming you don't just have a problem with dirt blowing into your water, this could be a water discoloration or it could be caused by black algae. When you shock your pool, you're shocking any metals that the water contains as well. This will change the metal's form, such as when it turns iron into rust. Black particles may be the result of too much manganese or anther chemical of which you have too high of a level. If it looks like algae, try getting an algaecide meant for this specific type of algae so that you'll get rid of it faster because this kind of algae is known for being particularly stubborn and resistant to treatment.

Yellow Particles

Yellow algae is usually called mustard algae. It likes to grow in shady areas. Along with black algae, this kind of algae is a pain to get rid of and you'll probably end up with another bloom of yellow algae as soon as you've gotten rid of it. If you experience yellow algae, the sooner the treatment, the better.

Pink Particles

What's usually referred to as €pink algae€ is actually a bacteria. This slimy-coated bacteria resembles algae and is commonly accidentally re-introduced into the pool on supplies or other objects because it loves plastic.

The treatment of pool algae and bacteria includes proper filtration, water balance, sanitation, shocking, specialty chemicals, and other pool and spa supplies, so make sure you're well stocked and prepared to prevent and treat algae and other discoloration in swimming pool water.

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