Algae is the constant companion of standing water – and keeping it out of your pool is an ongoing issue. How can you prevent algae finding its way into your water and if it DOES appear how can you effectively remove it?
With over 21,000 varieties of algae recorded it can be hard to narrow down specifically what’s growing in your pool – but the good news is that you don’t need to be quite that specific. Generally, algae is categorized by the main color that appears when you spot the growth.
Green, black, yellow or pink are the usual colors for algae in pools. Once you’ve identified the color of your algae, treatment is more simple.
Green algae is the most commonly found in pools – and is down to poor filtration or sanitization of the water. Standing water stagnates and then green algae appears, either in small patches or – if left long enough – as a sheet across the whole surface of a pool.
In shaded parts of the pool, tucked up against the surfaces, yellow algae is a difficult adversary to battle. Resistant to chlorine treatment and requiring specialist chemicals, yellow algae is best handled by professionals.
This is one of the more difficult to remove strains of algae, with the deeply rooted pores digging far into the surfaces of your pool. Normal sanitization may not fully prevent black algae and cleaning and removing needs to be aggressive and thorough, with specialist chemical treatments to prevent any re-growth.
This is a slow growing bacteria, rather than algae in the traditional sense, that grows in corners and crevices of your pool, making it hard to battle.
The removal of algae is a challenging task – and there are times when the chemical treatment and cleansing of the pool has to be done over and over to ensure that every spot of algae is removed, preventing regrowth.
This can be time consuming and challenging – not to mention hard, physical work.
For these reasons, prevention is better than cure – and prevention comes from correctly balancing the chemical treatments of your water, good sanitization, and correctly filtering the water in your pool.
To ensure that your pool doesn’t sprout algae it’s recommended that a professional pool maintenance team take care of your water – and the cleaning, chemicals and regular inspections that this requires.
This removes any stress for you and keeps you safe from the potential dangers of mistakes made with chemicals. Plus, the risks of algae hitting your pool are significantly reduced, meaning you can just enjoy your swim in a clean, safe pool without worry.
With over two decades of experience, Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches have seen many an algae outbreak – and know exactly how to clean it up and prevent it from returning. Preventing algae comes from careful maintenance and regular, thorough cleaning of the pool – both water and surfaces, including vacuuming any debris from the bottom of the pool and scrubbing every surface to prevent any build-up of contaminants. Why spend your time scrubbing, lifting and fiddling with chemicals when you can hire the professionals to take the weight off your shoulders, and give you peace of mind?
Contact Pool Doctors of the Palm Beaches for further information.