Noticing that your swimming pool has recently taken on more of a greenish hue? Worried that pool algae is taking over your pool? This is a huge cause for concern and a reason to look at all the methods you can use to properly handle this case and any potential future cases of algae.
What is pool algae?
Pool algae is a green, single-celled organism that cannot only change the colour of your swimming pool, but also leave a slick, slimy residue on your pool floor and walls. Although it might look very aesthetic it is essential that you see it for what it is. The algae you will find in your pool will mostly always be the green variant but there are potentially different versions that can also form with their own negative traits.
The greenish hue can be very harmful and is the start of a pool algae infestation. So consider using products to start breaking it down or having a professional take care of it.
Risks Of Algae To Swimmers
Pool algae is at base an organism that attracts bacteria. Although most don’t see its harmful nature thanks to its calming green and easy-going design, this unwanted addition is more dangerous than you think.
Thanks to the bacteria that grows on the water in the pool could be harmful to anyone swimming inside. Exposure could cause skin irritation with rashes and breaks forming. If you continue staying in the water after breaks occur this irritation can increase in its effectiveness.
The potential harm of algae extends beyond just reaction base as its physical properties can prove just as harsh. Causing parts of your pool to become more slippery means when combined with water makes falling over a much higher possibility. There is also the risk of not being able to see parts of your pool thanks to the algae living on the surface.
Risks Of Algae To The Pool
The last thing you want to see when going to tend to your pool is green algae sitting on and around your equipment. The reasons for this is that algae isn't just harmful to you but also to your pool and its equipment.
Pool algae is fully capable of causing damage to the structure of the pool. During emptying of the pool, the algae could cause the liner to rip or basic wall types to lift off as it attaches to the walls of the pool.
Algae is also good at getting into places you don’t want it to like your pool pumps, automatic pool cleaners and pump baskets. So if it does get caught up in your equipment seek some professional service to help fix this problem before it gets worse.
Products You Can Use To Reduce Algae
If you already have a pool algae problem and want it gone we would first recommend getting professional service, if you can’t here is what products you can use. The most common methods of cleaning algae from your pool mostly consists of removing by hand, shocking the pool or using an algaecide.
Cleaning by hand can be the most effective especially when you pair it with the other treatments but of course, requires manual labour.
Shocking and use of an algaecide are a bit more complex but helps to make the manual cleaning easier as it breaks down the algae.
How You Can Go About Prevent Further Algae
The best way to get rid of pool algae is to of course make it impossible to appear in the first place. Luckily to stop algae from forming is actually very simple and requires almost no effort on your end.
What we can suggest is making sure that you have circulation occurring regularly so there aren't any stagnant areas for algae to start forming. Outside of that is the weekly use of shock treatment and potential algaecide if you believe it's getting worse. If after all this it’s still starting to form then doing a little bit of manual labour now will pay off as the potentially huge amount later on would be horrifying.
What Working With A Professional Offers
Working with a professional pool cleaner will help ensure that your swimming pool will not be plagued by algae.
Even if your swimming pool is the most well-maintained pool in the country, you may still be prone to an algae outbreak. The spores of the algae may be carried into your pool by your swimmers or the wind.
The shallow end of your pool is more prone to an infestation of algae as the water is more quickly heated up during the summer days than the deeper water. Your professional pool cleaner should take extra care when cleaning the shallow end of your pool, as well as the areas including and surrounding the ladders and pool steps.
Pool algae can take a lot of time and effort to remove when it has taken hold, as it not only requires thoroughly cleaning the pool itself but all pool equipment as well, along with a more than likely super-chlorination of your pool water to ensure all algae spores have been killed off.
If you’re having trouble with algae in your pool, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at Pool Assist today on 1300 62 82 62, or send through an enquiry with your issue today.