Express Pool Care service contractors explain hot to get the green out of your swimming pool. Did you know that your pool can get algae growth even in the winter months? It’s true and part of the reason is that your pool is typically closed and covered and the pump doesn’t run very often and this can lead to the insiduous growth of algae. When the pool is opened for the next swim season, you or your pool service contractor will first have to address the algae and that can mean a delay in getting to enjoy the pool for the season.

How can you prevent algae from taking hold during the off-season? It starts, first and foremost with a proper pool closing which includes lowering the water level, adding algaecide and super chlorinating the water to keep it clean.

Get the green out of your swimming pool

Algae can be a problem for any swimming pool owner, but those who work with a swimming pool contractor fnd that they are plagued with that “green menace” less often. High temperatures, improper or incomplete cleaning and not running the pool pump often enough and not having the pool chemicals completely and properly balanced can lead to the growth of algae.

The swimming pool service contractors from Express Pool Care in Goodyear, Arizona explain there are different methods to eradicate algae and they explain a few because they vary depending on the type of algae growth your pool is experiencing. Algae comes in myriad colors and forms and adapts to many environments. Because algae is microscopic, it takes millions of the spores/plants to accumulate before they are noticeable and when that occurs, your pool is usually taking on the green bloom of the algae. The best way to eliminate the potential for algae bloom is to be proactive in caring for the pool.

  1. Green algae,  the most common form can be green, yellow-green or such a dark green that it appears black. Algae floats on the top of the water, clings to the floor, walls and stairs. To rid it of this nuisance, your contractor tests the water and analyzes it. He adds algaecide and shocks the water aka super-chlorinates it to begin the clean up process. This may not be a one-shot deal to thoroughly eradicate the spores.
  2. Black algae is a misleading type because the algae is usually blue-green, not black. Black algae grows in crevices and cracks on the pool’s surface. It grows in the shady areas of the pool and has a thick, slimy layer. Unlike green algae, black algae won’t usually discolor the entire pool’s water. Before treating the water, your pool contractor will test the water to be certain what type it is. The areas where the algae is will be thoroughly scrubbed to remove all of the spores.
  3. Mustard algae is chlorine resistant and is brown or yellow in color. It can look like dirt or sand on the bottom of the pool. It is treated by vigorously scrubbing the area and then super chlorinating and adding algaecide to the pool.

During the season it is relatively easy to avoid algae if you’re running the pool pump as often as your pool contractor recommends and if the pool water is being checked and cleaned as often as recommended, you can likely avoid algae bloom. If you notice it, though, give us a call and let us help you eliminate it so you can get back to enjoying time in your pool.