Algae Problems

Algae Problems
December 08/2015

You may have an Algae problem
Algae Canada pools swimming pools IPG hot tub spa jacuzziIt is around us, almost everywhere we go. They are a single-cell plant and have over 30,000 varieties in existence across the earth. To thrive and grow, they simply need sunlight, carbon dioxide and warm water. When it comes to pools and spas, most algae begins with a slippery, slimy feel on pool or spa walls before it is visible. It takes just a few short hours to multiply to the point where it completely overtakes the water and causes cloudines There are 3 main types that are usually found in pool and spa water:s or haze. This result is called “Algae Bloom”.

Green Algae
This type floats in the water or forms on the sides of the pool or spa known as ‘green dust’. The water can become so cloudy that it is unsafe because you can’t see the bottom.

Yellow Algae
Also called “Mustard Algae” because of its mustard color. It appears as yellow powder deposits usually on the shady sides of the pool or spa walls.

Black Algae
This type can also appear as a Blue-Green color and forms very adhesive dime to quarter size spots on pool and spa surfaces.
Why does it appear? Simply, it’s an indication of poor chlorine level maintenance. Algae does not form in the presence of adequate levels of free chlorine. However, once established, it may become chlorine resistant in concentrations up to 5 PPM Free Chlorine. The best algae prevention? Regular maintenance of free chlorine levels. Algaecides can also be used to control algae but they do not destroy the organic waste nor do they sanitize the pool after a bloom. However, they can be used to make up for sloppy chlorine maintenance.

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