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Algae Control

Algae are tiny plants that bloom and grow in swimming pools if nutrients are present and a sufficient level of free chlorine is not maintained. Below are descriptions of the three most common algae problems in swimming pools.   Green Algae The most common algae in swimming pool floats in water and coats swimming pool surfaces. Left unchecked green algae will very quickly turn the swimming pool water pea green.   Mustard Algae settles on swimming pool walls and causes a slimy yellow film.   Black Algae appears in "buds" or clumps attached to tile grout, corners, steps and swimming pool surfaces.   Solution: Green Algae – is very susceptible to chemical treatment. Superchlorinate with 10 to 20 ppm chlorine in the evening. Keep the filter running and brush the swimming pool walls and bottom. Periodically check chlorine and maintain above 3 ppm until water clears. Using an algaecide containing quaternary ammonia the next morning will help prevent the return of green algae.   Mustard Algae - is much more resistant to chemical treatment and clings more tightly to swimming pool walls than green algae. Adjust pH and superchlorinate as for green algae then brush diligently. Later vacuum the swimming pool, check chlorine and superchorinate again if necessary. Mustard algae will generally return unless treated with a special mustard algaecide.   Black Algae - is very difficult to get rid of. It can be controlled to some extent by frequent superchlorination and diligent brushing with a stiff brush. Spot treatments can be made by turning off the recirculation pumps and pouring granular chlorine directly on recently brushed spots. Trichlor tablets can also be rubbed on recently brushed areas to spot treat. Black algae can usually be controlled with the use of strong algaecide and maintenance of relatively high free chlorine residual, but complete removal of black algae may require draining and cleaning the swimming pool.   Algaecide should be added in the morning to treat algae in daylight - its most active period.