Algae Removal West Palm Beach
Algae is caused by a pool out of pH balance with too much organic matter. It feeds on organic matter and blooms.
There are three major types of algae associated with pools: green, yellow and black. It hides in cracks and corners in areas where there is little light. It can be caused by improper filtration, phosphates present int he pool, pH imbalance and a lack of stabilizer so that the chlorine is breaking down too fast. It can also be caused by too much organic matter entering the pool.
Green Algae (Chlorophyta) is the most common. The water will look green. Usually, this happens in a pool that has not been cleaned, after a severe storm dumps a lot of water, or in high wind. It reproduces through photosynthesis, it takes sunlight It takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, just like trees. It can start with cloudy water, then it blooms. If the water is crystal clear with green, that is most likely from copper or iron. You can add a metal sequestering agent to take care of that. To eliminate it, the entire pool should be scrubbed, shocked and an algaecide should be added. Repeat the cycle until it is eradicated.
Also called yellow algae, this is a more difficult type. It sits on the bottom of the pool and sometimes looks like dirt or sand. It's chlorine resistant and can survive even in a high chlorine environment.
Also known as Blue-Green Algae, it is the most stubborn. Like other kinds, it forms in cracks, and rough surfaces and shady areas. It looks like spots on the surface of the water. It is protected by a heavy layer of slime, which needs to be broken open to the treatment to gain access to the organism. To kill this you'll have to scrub, shock and add a lot more algaecide.
Sometimes a flocculant is added. It causes the organism to clump and makes it easier to dispose of.
When it comes to algae, Benjamin Franklin's words ring true, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." We like to recommend salt chlorine generators because they keep the pool better balanced over time and allows you to use less chlorine. Keeping your pool filter clean, and regular chemical maintenance can save a lot of future hassle in dealing with this problem. How long it takes to eradicate this depends on how much of it there is the size of the pool, and how out of balance the chemicals are. Most problems clear up in 24-72 hours. We do not recommend using your pool while the organism is present, because it can be a host to dangerous bacteria.
Getting rid of this is a complex problem involving a variety different chemicals and a lot of manual labor. Rather than do it yourself, and scrape every inch of your pool, give us a call. We'll clean your pool, and make it crystal clear.