Sunny days, high temperatures, and lots of company, just the ingredients needed for a fantastic pool party, but these same ingredients can bring a group of unwelcome guests, algae.
In less time than you imagine, algae spores can turn your sparking pool into a disgusting murky, black, brown, or green mess. This in not only highly unattractive, but actually dangerous, since it creates slippery surfaces. The powdery brown-yellow deposits of mustard algae tend to target the walls and bottom of your pool tarry patches of black algae can populate the corners, steps, and any other nooks where the water circulation is less than desirable.
How did the algae get into your pool? The wind or rain can bring along these undesirable guests, it may start on the deck, later on finding its way into your pool. High temperature, shinning sun, and a heavy bather load may deplete the available sanitizer, making the conditions ideal for the dreaded algae bloom. Phosphates from lawn of garden fertilizers mail add fuel to the growth.
It is much easier and cheaper, in terms of time and money, to prevent algae than it is to treat an outbreak. How it got here is now irrelevant, the important thing is that it has now taken residence in your pool and you need to do something about it, and the sooner the better. The same chemicals that are regularly used to combat algae can also be used to prevent algae blooms. Keeping the sanitizer in the proper level will go a long way to prevent algae blooms, Heavy bather loads, rain, bacteria in the water, etc. creates extra demand on the sanitizer which may be sufficient to give algae the small edge that it needed.
Keeping the water chemical balance in the correct range is indispensable, not only to prevent algae but to the general proper functioning, and life of all pool components. Total alkalinity, PH, and calcium hardness are the essential parameters that must be kept within the proper range, they are all interdependent, and variations in one may make it very difficult to achieve, or keep the other parameters in the proper range. Scale, corrosion, and difficulties in maintaining proper chemical levels can be signs of unbalanced water. Also, these conditions create rough surfaces that algae find irresistible to start a new colony.
In conclusion, algae growth is common when your swimming pool has poor circulation and when the disinfectant level, or algaecide content, in the water is low or neglected.
Proper filtration (we recommend running filter at least 8-10 hours a day) and regular use of our algaecides will keep your swimming pool free of algae.
We offer only the most concentrated algaecides to fight all strains of green, yellow, black, and mustard algae. Not only do they kill existing algae, but they will also prevent the formation of those tough, resistant algae.