ALGAE CAUSES AND PREVENTION
G&C Pool Service’s system of chemical care ensures a crystal clear, algae free swimming pool. Nevertheless, even when chemical values are effectively adjusted, algae will at times show up in a client’s swimming pool. Algae appears in a variety of forms, and appears for a range of reasons.
WHAT IS ALGAE?
Algae is an aquatic, plant-like microorganism. It is introduced to the swimming pool water as an airborne spore. There are 3 primary forms of algae:
GREEN ALGAE, or chlorophyta,
Green algae is probably the most common form of algae. It appears as a striped, muddy buildup. In the beginning, it is recognizable on steps, in edges, and on the plastic surface areas of skimmers and return components.
YELLOW ALGAE, or phaeophyta
Yellow algae, referred to as brown algae or mustard algae, has the exact same slimy feel as green algae. However, it is harder to eliminate. Yellow algae likes shade, and will frequently show up in covered pools. This kind of algae grows in a long, striped pattern, appearing on swimming pool walls, in edges, and on steps and love chairs.
BLACK ALGAE, or cyanophyta
Black algae is the least frequent type of algae, but as soon as it thrives in a swimming pool, it is very tricky to kill. Black algae is typically the result of chronically low chlorine levels: it is regularly located in broken pools, in which near-daily replenishment of the pool water is required. As tons or hundreds of gallons of fill water are put in the swimming pool, bleach and stabilizer quantities go down, enabling black algae to gain a footing.
Black algae initially turns up as small dots, usually at the bottom of the pool. These types of dots rapidly develop into huge, dark blue to blue-green colored buttons, slimy to the touch and pretty much difficult to wash away. Without treatment, black algae will easily stretch all over the total surface area of the pool.
An additional swimming pool problem, Pink Algae, is not an algae whatsoever, but a bacterial growth. It is slow to grow, and is quite easily exterminated by chlorination.
WHAT BREEDS ALGAE?
Algae spores are all over: these tiny single-celled forms are blasted into the pool by the wind, washed into the pool by rainfall, or brought into the pool on swimmers’ body or bathing suits. Under the favorable conditions, miniature germs will grow into those dreaded bright green, mustard yellow, or blue-black discolorations.
The following are the main factors in algae spread:
Algae may develop whenever minimal or no bleach is found. Over time, heat, sunshine, and water loss will push down bleach quantities. The lower the chlorine quantity, the more probable that algae will likely grow. High water temperature is a frequent concern in the Texas climate. Regular chlorine “shocking,” paired with treatment of stabilizers designed to shield residual bleach from the effects of heat and direct sunlight, helps make sure that there is always enough chlorine in the swimming pool. Health spas, which are regularly heated to temperatures well above one hundred degrees, are particularly at risk to algae.
Yellow algae grows in shade. Covered pools are an enticing site for certain strains of algae. If you cover your pool, you can help limit algae development by frequently drawing back the cover, affording the water some sunlight and flow.
Algae adores an unkempt swimming pool! Leaves and filth provide a good development ambient for algae germs. The longer you allow fallen leaves and other dust to sit on your swimming pool bottom, the more probable that you’ll notice algae. In a very messy pool, algae is going to continue to thrive, and even when residual bleach values go up as high as 8 to 10 parts per million!
Deficient filtration will bring about algae growth.Water clarity depends on regular flow and purification. Anything that hinders water circulation from the pool to the filter– clogged skimmer baskets, an unclean or busted filter system, a malfunctioning pump motor, or a breakdown to operate the pump for an acceptable amount of time every day– will encourage algae development. The first symptom of a filter problem is misty, milky water. Left unchecked, murky water can quickly lead to a full-fledged algae bloom.
HOW DO I PREVENT ALGAE?
Immediately after using the spa, turn the valves so that the swimming pool water will flow into the spa for twenty minutes. This will replenish chlorine-dissipated spa water along with chlorinated water coming from the main component of the pool.
Draw back your swimming pool cover 1 day per week to permit the water to “breathe”.
Make sure baskets are free of leaves and dirt.
Check water flow. Cleanse or backwash your filter system if needed.
Make certain the pump timer is designated to run for an ample amount of time– 4 to 5 hours each day in the winter time, and eight– ten hours daily during the course of the summertime.
Get In Touch With G&C Pool Service– we’ll send off a troubleshooter to double check chemical quantities and, if necessary, re-treat the pool! There is never a cost for troubleshooter services!
Make certain your filter is clean and your return lines have strong water circulation.
Some areas of dead algae may remain on your swimming pool walls, even after chemical treatment. Washing the pool walls with a nylon bristle swimming pool brush will clear away lifeless algae, and really help keep live algae from growing.