There are 3 types of swimming pool algae, which include green, mustard, and black. Green algae are the most common form and are also the easiest to get rid of. Mustard algae are yellow in color and are often mistaken for dirt at the bottom of the pool. Black algae are one of the most difficult to get rid of due to the protective barrier that grows around them.
However, there are effective ways to counter these types of algae.
Here are 3 ways you can treat swimming pool algae:
Chlorine Tablets – Algae thrives in pools that are not properly chlorinated. Making sure that levels do not get too low will help prevent them from taking hold. Once black algae become established, they are the toughest to eliminate because of their chlorine-resistant outer shell. Prevention is the first step to stopping algae. Chlorine tablets play a key role in the prevention process.
Shock Your Pool – Pool shock is normally one of the first steps in attempting to remove algae from your pool. Shock is a strong chlorine compound, designed to restore chlorine levels in your pool. Before shocking your pool, the sides and bottom should be brushed. The shock is usually mixed with water before administering it to the pool. It is usually easier to prevent algae than it is to get rid of it, but shocking your pool is a sort of a last-resort (but good) remedy if you’re already dealing with an algae problem.
Algaecide – There are many different algaecide products available to pool owners. They are used to kill algae, as well as prevent them. First, check with your pool cleaning company to decide which product is right for you. Then, read all of the directions on the product that you purchase. Once proper safety precautions have been taken, add the algaecide to your pool. Allow your pool to sit overnight, and by morning you will notice a significant difference. Algae will be floating on the top of the water, which can be removed with a net. All algae should be cleared, the filter cleaned, and chemical levels checked before you return to swimming.
Whether you’re simply trying to prevent algae from appearing or you’re already dealing with an algae attack, these 3 solutions can help you deal with your specific algae situation.