Algae is something that no one wants in their swimming pool. One way to make sure algae is never present in your swimming pool is by keeping up with your swimming pool maintenance. Making sure the chemicals in your swimming pool are balanced and that your pool filter is running is a great way to ensure that algae won’t be returning to your pool. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of algae if it has invaded your swimming pool.
What is Algae?
You know you have a problem when your pool suddenly overnight turns from blue to green. What is the cause? Algae! However, what exactly is algae? Algae is a living marine organism that uses photosynthesis to create energy and multiply. Therefore it thrives best in warm, bright sunny environments. So naturally the summertime is a prime breeding time for little marine monsters such as Algae. That being said, it’s no wonder that it thrives so well in a swimming pool if left unchecked.
How Did Algae Get into my Pool?
Algae can be brought into your pool via the wind, contaminated pool equipment, or debris. Of course, the number one culprit for an algae infestation is poor pool maintenance practice. Poor pool circulation and filtration is the main cause as to why algae would grow in a swimming pool. There are a few options each pool owner has when deciding how to tackle an infestation of algae. For minor cases , simply shocking the pool seems to work just fine. Pool shock is a chemical made up of calcium chloride, or in other words chlorine. However, what about those tough to deal with situations? These may call for a different type of approach. This is where pool algaecide comes into play.
What is Pool Algaecide?
Pool Algaecide is a chemical treatment used as the quick and easy solution to removing algae. Algaecide isn’t just used in swimming pools, it is also commonly applied to fish ponds and similar aquatic bodies of water. It comes in two forms, Quaternary ammonia and metallic which is made of silver and copper. Both are extremely effective, however ammonia based algaecide is more commonly used because it does not stain the pool and tends to be the cheaper of the two.
A side effect to using ammonia is that it commonly foams up. Make sure when deciding between the two that you choose an algaecide that has a concentration of thirty percent or more. If you neglect to do so, you will not effectively remove the algae. Keep in mind though, that some types of algae such as Black algae cannot be removed by metal or ammonia algaecide.
For black algae you are going to need to search out very specific products. No need to fret though, good pool maintenance practice should prevent situations like black algae from happening in the first place. Algaecide has some added benefits you may not have previously thought of.
Algaecide prolongs the life of your pools filtration system as well as reduces the need for chlorine as a way to purify the pool water. How? It’s simple both of these mechanisms are set in place to aid in water purification. A weekly dose of algaecide cuts down the level of bacteria and debris in the pool all together, meaning that your pool filter doesn’t have to work as hard. If your water is being regularly purified by way of the algaecide , you will need to use less chlorine. It’s a win win situation. So going forward, keep these key tips in mind and always practice regular pool maintenance.