How to Get Rid of Algae in Your Pool
In a few months, algae will be a problem for pool owners . Slimy single-celled plant forms. The terrible thing about algae is its strong adaptability. This is possible because of its a variety of forms and colors. Algae in the pool is an eyesore. I personally would not go close to an algae infested pool. Getting into the pool is not an option. An interesting fact is that due to its microscopic nature, it will take millions of these plant forms to be noticed by the human eye. So, the best way to attack algae growth in your pool is to take preventive measures.
Algae come in different forms and sizes. Let’s identify them and the best way to get them off your precious pool. We’ll start with the most common type.
This is the commonest form of algae. Of course, it’s characteristic color is green which includes different shades of green like yellow-green, dark green and even blue-green. Green algae could either cling to walls of your pool or they could float, giving your pool a greenish hue. Terrible!
How to Get Rid of Green Algae
- Adjust the pH level of your pool. It should be between pH values of 7.2 to 7.6. The presence of algae in your pool water could get the pH value above 7.6. In this case, you could add Sodium Bisulphate, a pH reducer.
- Treat your pool with Chlorine. Chlorine treatment is a very effective way to get rid of algae. Carry out shocking with large doses of chlorine to kill existing algae.
- Brush the walls and floor of the pool thoroughly. After shocking, the next step is to vigorously brush the pool. If it’s a concrete floor, use steel brushes. If it’s a vinyl pool , use nylon brushes.
Mustard Algae and Black Algae
Chlorine works for the green algae. It doesn’t harm the mustard algae. Its color ranges from yellow to brown. It appears like sand on the floor and sides if the pool.
The black algae are also resistant to chlorine. It appears to be black, but its color is blue-green. You’ll find the growth of the black algae in dark areas of the pool or in cracks along the walls of the pool. It doesn’t make your pool hazy, it just appears as dark spots on the floor and walls of your pool.
You can get rid of the mustard algae and black algae in the same way.
How to Get Rid of the Mustard and Black Algae
Adjust the pH level of the pool water to 7.2 -7.6 value. The presence of algae in your pool water could get the pH value above 7.6. In this case, you could add Sodium Bisulphate, a pH reducer.
- Brush the algae spots vigorously to open up the slime layer. It’s important you break open this layer for shocking to be effective.
- Shock the pool thoroughly. You could use chlorine to do the shocking. Read the instructions to check the shock dosage and quadruple it. As you do this, continue to brush the algae.
Preventive measures are the best for algae infestation. Chlorine generators are recommended for your pool even if you haven’t noticed algae growth. Pool Daddy can get this installed for you. You do not have to deal with algae if you can avoid it. If you have already noticed it in your pool, we have experts at Pool Daddy to help you get rid of any kind of algae and have a refreshing swim in your pool.