Algae can be a problem for people who have swimming pools—particularly in the warmer months of July and August. Here is some information about the different types of algae you may find in your pool and what you can do.
The easiest way to remove algae is to prevent it in the first place. Salt water systems are one of the most effective ways to prevent algae from being an unwelcome visitor in your pool.
Common Types Of Algae Found In Pools
- Green Algae: This is the most common form of algae that is found in swimming pools, and it generally occurs when there is not enough chlorine in the pool. It can float freely in the water making the water appear cloudy or hazy, or it can cling to the wall of the pool in patches.
- Black Algae: This algae is more of a blue-green color and it forms in the cracks and crevices of the pool surface. It is more common in concrete or plaster pools. It produces a heavy slime and normal chlorine levels do not harm it.
- Mustard Algae: This yellowish algae often resembles dirt or sand along the bottom or the sides of a pool. Much like black algae, it is not affected by usual chlorine levels, making it harder to get rid of.
What To Do If You Have Algae?
The treatment of algae varies, depending on the type of algae that you have in your pool. Most require a treatment of special chemicals designed to shock and kill the algae. For best results, you should contact your pool service provider and let the professionals take care of your algae problem quickly and effectively.
Know what to look for and what to do if you have algae in your pool! Keep algae at bay and contact Clean and Clear Pools located in Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon for all of your California residential pool services.
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