ALGAE SEASON!!! – With the warmer weather upon us, Mother Nature has also returned to us every pool owner’s nemesis….algae. This year, algae blooms are expected to be more prevalent, as well as to contain more aggressive strains than in previous years, as algae from dried up rivers, lakes, etc. has found its way into the air…and it is a much heartier type than your blooms in years’ past have been. Not to worry though, as there is a cure for all types. We will do these in a series over the coming weeks, but for today we will start with some general rules when preparing for battle. First of all, you need to find out what “color” of algae you have. You can have green, yellow (mustard), or black algae….or a little of them all. They each are different in how they respond to chemicals, and vary in aggressiveness in reformation after treatment. Second, remember that fundamentally, the steps for banishing algae are: 1) Brush it off the walls/floor 2) Apply chemicals 3) Allow filtration time to remove spores 4) Clean filter of dead/dying cells 5) Monitor and repeat as needed Finally, remember when buying chemicals to take into consideration the type of filter you have, and the finish of your pool interior. With the wrong product, you can clog or severely inhibit your filter from working, and if you have anything except white plaster, you run the risk of bleaching the color out of your finish. Once you know what you are dealing with, and what you have to work with/around, you are ready to rumble!!
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