Larsen’s Pool TALK: Algae In Your Swimming Pool. Causes And Solutions
Apr 25, 2017
What is algae?
Algae is a single-celled plant form that uses the process of photosynthesis to create it’s own food in proper environments. With over 21,000 varieties and types, it can exist in many colors and forms making it easy to grow in almost any condition. They are living aquatic creatures that multiply rapidly in warm, sunny conditions.
What Causes An Algae Problems?
Algae spores constantly enter the pool, brought in by wind, rain or even dirty swimsuits! So, when conditions are right, a bloom can occur seemingly overnight. Imbalanced water, very warm temperatures, direct sunlight, and the presence of nitrates are all potential causes. However, lack of filtration, circulation, and sanitation are the most common causes. It’s not necessarily harmful to swimmers, but pools with algae are likely to host more dangerous pathogens as well.
h5 class=”color”>Algae Solutions and Prevention
Great news! Getting rid of this problem is pretty straightforward. To regain control of your pool, you need algaecide and chlorine. But before you use any chemicals, it is important to thoroughly scrub your pool with a brush. This will break off any excess from the walls and also help the chemicals work faster and more effectively. After you brush the surface, you may run the algaecide treatment to kill off any remaining algae. This should be applied first because the chlorine can prevent the algaecide from working. Next, shock your pool with chlorine to prevent any further growth. Going forward, proper water balance and filtration are necessary. Regular brushing also prevents dirt from growing in the pores of your pool surface (where colonies like to start).