Swimming Pool Algae Problems
SERVING AMARILLO AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS IN WEST TEXAS
Having a problem with pool algae? Is your pool blooming with algae spores and turning an unsightly green? If so, we know this isn’t a pleasant site to see. There are several things that could be causing your pool to form algae. Some of these reasons include irregularities in the balance of your pool water, rising temperatures in the weather outside, sunlight, and the existence of nitrates, phosphates and carbon dioxide. Another reason your pool or spa might be experiencing algae could be from a lack of filtration. For example, if there is not strong circulation or if the filter isn’t functioning properly it could lead to sanitation problems. It is important to understand algae and that it is always present in the pool. However, in order from it to be visible to the human eye, these conditions above must be met. Let’s dive in deeper on each of these possibilities mentioned to gather a further understanding.
Poor Water Circulation:
Algae can grow in the water due to a lack of water circulation. For example, this can be a cause of low flow or even a “dead spot” in the pool. This is why having a highly functioning filtration system is paramount to keep the water efficiently moving.
Poor Water Balance:
Maintain proper pH balance is a necessity to a clean and safe pool. Not only do we need to focus our efforts on ensuring a proper pH water balance, but we also need to pay close attention to alkalinity, calcium and cyanuric levels. Each of these play an important role in maintaining its critical levels.
Poor Water Sanitation:
The growth of algae can be a result of low or inconsistent chlorine levels. Chlorine acts as the foundation for pool cleanliness. It is essential the pool and spa chlorine levels are tested often as it does not take long for things to become irregular.
Poor Water Filtration:
It is critical that the pools filter is running properly and is being continuously checked throughout the duration of the summer months. Without having a functioning filter, the pool becomes susceptible to algae and micro-organisms. This can happen if the filter is 1) not being ran enough and the filter run times are too short and 2) if it is an ineffective filter.
Each of the steps needs to be constantly evaluated because it can only take a few hours on a hot day for the breeding grounds to take place. A pool algaecide can help aid your pool in the insurance it needs in order to try to prevent these instances from occurring.
Swimming in a pool with algae isn’t recommended, especially for children and those with a compromised immune system. While small patches of algae isn’t of a huge concern, it is important to know that if your pool is green and is having a full-blown algae attack that it is not healthy for swimming. For example, if the water clarity is low and if the chlorine levels are not met, we do not suggest swimming in these types of conditions. It is important to recognize that if the chlorine is not able to perform its duties of killing the harmless cyanobacteria algae, then it is likely that the chlorine is also not able to kill the harmful pathogenic bacteria.
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