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Three Shades Of Algae And How To Eliminate Them From Your Pool

Irene Montgomery

Maintaining the swimming pool that your family enjoys can be a lot of work. Even after doing all of the work, the water might not be perfect for swimming. What do you do if you have algae in your pool? You will find out what to do to stop the algae and the foam below.

Algae in your pool is caused by spores being carried by the wind and dropping into the water. Once the algae lands in the water, the chemicals in the pool are supposed to kill them and prevent them from growing. If the chemicals aren't balanced just right, the spores won't be killed and the algae begins to form and rapidly spreads. Once the algae grows, you will have to eliminate it, but how you go about doing so depends on the type of algae you have growing in your pool.

Green – Green algae is the most common in swimming pools. In most cases, the green algae growth is a sign that your pool isn't getting enough chlorine. If your pool is equipped with an automatic chlorine dispenser, get it serviced, because it isn't releasing the chlorine as it should. If you manually add the chlorine, you may not be adding enough. Talk with a professional pool technician to find out about how much you are using. Too much can cause the skin, eyes and nose to become irritated, but not enough will allow the algae to grow again once you have eliminated it by shocking your pool.

Yellow – Yellow algae is most common in shaded areas of the pool. This can be resolved with some chlorine bleach and a sponge. Soak the sponge in the bleach and scrub the algae off of the pool. After you have removed it all, shock the pool and let the filtration system run for a day. Test the pH balance and make any adjustments that may be necessary. Eliminate what is preventing the sun from reaching that area of the pool if possible.

Black – Black algae is the most difficult to remove. This nasty stuff has roots that will penetrate plaster and grout and become rooted and difficult to kill and remove. You will need to use a stainless steel scrub brush to remove the algae from the surface of the pool carefully. After you have brushed it all away, shock the pool, test the pH levels and make the necessary adjustments.

Talk with a local pool cleaning professional such as KC Pool Services for help if you cannot do the work yourself or haven't had any luck battling the algae forming in your pool.


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My husband and I are considering selling our small brick home in the near future. While we’ve completed some work on this house recently, we know we will need to do a few more things before we put it on the market. For instance, we need to replace some of the flooring, paint some of the walls, and replace some of the siding on the front porch. In addition, we may want to add a pool to the backyard. Because we live in the hot southern United States, many of our neighbors have pools. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of pools to install in a home you may sell in the near future. Enjoy!