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is Algae a Problem in Your Pool?

black-algaeWhen you have a pool on your property, it provides a convenient way for you to enjoy time with family and friends. At the same time, it also requires some routine maintenance which will allow you to use the pool at any time you need to use it and to keep problems that can occur to a minimum. Even the best maintained pool by the homeowner, however, can experience some difficulties from time to time. A minor shift in your chemical levels could allow algae to get a foothold, and it would be necessary for you to identify the algae problem and to treat it properly. Here are some of the things that need to be considered in this regard.

There are 3 types of swimming pool algae that are most likely the problem for you. One of the most common types of algae is green, which is a free-floating form of algae. It is likely that you will see this type of alga on the sides of the pool or perhaps on flat surface areas, such as the steps. Although it is not actually attached to the surface of the pool, it does congregate in the area and it is a common problem for many pool owners. It is also interesting to note, green algae may be a problem after a thunderstorm. The free chlorine that is in the pool can be reduced after lightning storms and because lightning produces nitrogen, which algae loves, it may also be an issue.

Identifying other types of algae problems

Yellow algae, which is also known as mustard algae is another common problem. This type of algae is very similar to green algae, but it doesn't have any chlorophyll, which produces the green color of green algae. Green algae can develop very quickly but yellow algae may take longer to develop. It is also harder to treat than green algae and you may need to treat it several times before it is eliminated from your pool environment.

The worst kind of algae is black algae. It can be very difficult to treat because it attaches itself to the pool surface. There are algaecides available on the market which are specifically designed to treat black algae. You should recognize, however, that the use of algaecide is not the only factor that may need to be considered because the algae forms a coating over itself which is difficult to penetrate. Along with using the algaecide, you may also need to brush the area thoroughly.

If you suffer from any type of algae problem in your pool, you can count on Medallion Pools to care for it for you. We also offer a routine maintenance program which will keep the chemicals in your pool balanced properly and reduce the possibility that any of these issues will be a problem for you.

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