— HOW TO DEAL WITH ALGAE —
Algae in your pool can be a pain, and is probably one of the worst parts of being a pool owner. You often got asked how to take care of algae and well first thing first you will need to find where the algae come from. You might be surprised as to how many factor can influence the formation of algae in your pool. While the wind and the rain are some of the more common factors, it might also have been brought by some of your friends that are taking advantage of your facilities. Let’s be real, though if you are reading this article you probably don’t care about the “how’’ it got there, so let’s focus on what you can do to get rid of it.
1. Green algae are the most common; you will be able to see it lurking around your swimming pool, and sometimes will be on the walls of your pool.
2. Yellow algae are a type of algae that forms on the walls of your pool. While being sometimes called. Mustard algae, this one, needs to be taken care of as soon as possible, why? Because it is a type of algae that will come back if you do not find exactly where it origins from the inside of your pool. Look for the darker part of your pool.
3. Black algae are defiantly not the type you want to have to deal with. It is tough to deal with, Why? Well usually black algae are just a tiny spot not much bigger than a penny, and they have roots that go through the walls of your pool and into the actual structure. Make sure you take out the roots. Otherwise, they’ll be back.
4. Our last suspect is the pink algae, this will grow wherever your pool will be uneven from cracks in the walls or floor of your pool. They will be characterized by small pink/red spots.
Now onto the solutions.
1. Making sure your pump is working 24 hours a day. This will ensure proper circulation of the water and make sure it is not stagnant. Also, make sure always to wash the filters or change them under the manufacturer recommendation.
2. Scraping down the walls with a pool brush. This will take the algae off the sides of the pool and will give you a hand when you start the chemical treatment.
3. Make sure to use pH test kits to verify that the water is in between 7.2 – 7.6, alkalinity levels should be around 80 – 120 ppm and calcium should be looking to be in between 200 -400 ppm. That is to make sure that when you add the treatment to your pool the chemicals can do their work properly.