What is a swimming pool algae?


If you notice a greenish film growth in your swimming pool floors or walls, or suspended in the tinged water, you might be facing one of the thousand species of algae – a plant that is a major concern for pools. Every day the wind carries millions of algaes spores. If the conditions are favorable, they have the ability to reproduce rapidly and turn into green a clear water in less than a day.

There are 3 different types of algaes:

  • Green algae: the most common and easiest to control;
  • Yellow algae: the treatment offer requires a specifically algaecide and can be difficult to control;
  • Black algae: grow on pool walls and in the deep corners of the pool where the water circulation is poor and a lack of chlorine.

 How to prevent swimming pool algae?

It is easier to prevent algae than to remove.
Your pool technician has little control over the facts that influence the growth of algae. The facts of nature as temperature, sunlight humidity are the environmental reasons.
By keeping the pool water with right chlorine level (1.0 to 3.0 ppm) and PH (7.2 to 7.8) you make the water conditions unlivable for anything organic. Another way to prevent algae is insisting that users shower before using the pool especially if they have used suntan lotions. A maintenance basis is useful tools in the prevention of algae.

How to eliminate swimming pool yellow and green algae?

First, brush the pool to break up the algae before starting with any chemical. These will help the chemicals work faster. Then, use an algaecide. They disinfect the water and kill the growth of algae.
The next step is to run a chlorine shock treatment with which raises the chlorine level of the swimming pool water. During this process, you need to keep the pool filter clean and leave the pump running for at least 48 hours. Once the algae is dead and filtered out, you will need to brush the water and walls of your swimming pool for 2 or 3 more days. It is very important to keep washing the filter to retain the algae.

How to eliminate black algae?

You can start the work by brushing the pool with a stiff brush, then, sprinkle an algaecide directly on the affected areas and let it sit on the floor of your pool for better results. If there are black algae in the pool walls also, brush off the top with a chlorine tablet. Make sure you wear gloves.
In both cases you will need to clean the pool filter after black spots are gone. After that, check the chemicals levels as ph, chlorine, alkalinity, stabilizer etc, and adjust to the correct levels, if necessary. It is recommended that you take a sample to be professionally tested. Repeat the process, if necessary.

Eagle Pools Services provides high quality pool maintenance Coral Springs, pool service Boca Raton and technical qualified technicians able to ensure efficiency. If you need some help getting rid of a swimming pool algae, call us 954-573-4916.

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