No one likes to see algae in their pool. It is frustrating to have and hard to get rid of. Depending on the color of algae, you will need to use a different method of removing it. The number way to battle algae is prevention. Keeping your pool sanitized and cleaned regularly will make it so that you never have to see algae in your pool. We have spent countless hours compiling the best above ground pools and you check them out by clicking here and tell us what you think.
However, if you are in the position where you were away from your pool for a long time or simply did not manage to clean your pool enough, let’s discuss how to get rid of that pesky algae.
Types of Algae
There are three types of algae that you should be aware of.
One of the most common algae to appear in swimming pools, green algae also happens to be the easiest to get rid of. It actually can appear in different shades of green, so be sure to look out for this and not confuse some algae for worse types. Common colors of green algae include blue-green, yellow-green, and dark-green.
Green algae is pretty noticeable as it floats in your pool and can turn your pool a greenish color. This is unappealing and may deter you from ever swimming in your pool again. There is no need to worry though. Algae is not harmful, just yucky.
Using chlorine is a great way to get rid of green algae. It will help reset the pH value in your pool(which is a big reason for green algae showing up.) Scrubbing the floors and walls of your pool also helps tremendously. Do this after adding chlorine and you will be on your way to removing that green algae for good.
This is an annoying algae that is difficult to get rid of. Yellow or Mustard algae grows on the walls of your pool that do not get much sunlight. It looks very similar to pollen and so it is often overlooked. Normal cleaners like chlorine won’t do enough to get rid of this type of algae.
One thing that makes yellow algae so annoying is that it will stick to items as well as your pool. So, any toys or floaties that you had in your pool will also be affected. If you notice yellow algae, you should begin to clean everything that has touched it.
Start by washing all of your clothing and bathing suits. Get some clorox cleaner and disinfect your toys and floaties. *Note: clorox cleaner is different from bleach. Try not to bleach your items*. Now, you have two options. You can get high doses of acid and chlorine to successful get rid of yellow algae. Otherwise, you can vacuum the yellow algae up.
Fill up your pool to the top, grab a manual vacuum, turn your filter system to waste, and get started. Keep in mind that if you do not turn your filter system to waste, you will only store the yellow algae in your filter system. This is not good and can cause more issues. The reason you will need to fill your pool up is because when vacuuming with your filter system on waste, the water will be dumped out of your pool and you do not want to run out of water in your pool.
Black algae is the last and hardest to get rid of. It has very strong roots and defenses that make it hard to get rid of. It has layers of protection. The bad news is you can be taking care of your pool very well and keeping the pH level and still get this type of algae. The good news is that this algae is very rare to get.
Getting rid of black algae is very similar to yellow algae. However, you want to be a lot more thorough with black algae. You will need a heavy duty brush and high chlorine stocks. Triple shocking your water is advised and long brushing sessions of your entire pool are a must. Here at Poology we to love to bring the best and most up to date information, and if you have more question feel free to email us.