Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Swimming Pool Algae

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Swimming Pool Algae

The Battle Against Algae

From Aqua Sense Pools

As anyone who has a swimming pool knows, when you see algae of any kind, it is probably too late.  This seemingly ubiquitous plant can invade your swimming pool when you least expect it, and it seemingly is never in a hurry to leave.  This post from Aqua Sense Pools tells you all about algae, what causes it, and how to prevent and remove it from your swimming pool.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Anytime we are faced with an invader, the best way to keep it from settling in and taking over, is to stop the invasion before it happens or at least as soon as it is discovered. Algae are those kinds of invaders and no one wants their pool ruled by these annoying, single-celled plants.

Like any kind of plant, algae thrive in the perfect environment:

Continued from Tips page – warm temperatures, sunlight, moisture, which is rarely missing in a swimming pool, and a cozy spot for them to put down roots.

This plant is not unfamiliar to most pool owners. They have fought this enemy for years. Once you discover algae digging in for a fight in your swimming pool, it’s time to bring out all the weapons you have available to you. However, just throwing those weapons at the enemy won’t necessarily win the battle. It’s imperative that you fight smart.

• First of all, it’s important to know your enemy and their invasion tactics. All of the following can be introduced to your pool through organic debris brought into the pool via rain and wind storms.

• The most common invader is green algae. It can cling to the walls, but can also float in the water. Luckily for us, it’s also the easiest to defeat

• A tougher opponent is yellow algae, AKA mustard algae. You guessed it; these are yellow with shades of green and brown and sometimes looks like dirt or sand at the bottom of the pool.

• Then there are the dreaded black algae which are usually a dark blue-green that appear to be black. It will often present as coin size spots on the pool walls.

One of the most important ways to prevent an invasion is to make the battle ground, or water in this case, inhospitable to the algae in the first place.

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