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Green Algae

Green Algae
Its types and appearance

    Green Algae are very tiny plants that grow in untreated water. Once present in water they may be recognized initially, by the formation of slime on the sides and floor of the pool developing into a general cloudiness in the body of the water. In the advanced stages of growth, they take on a green color and, if allowed to progress further, will take on a brownish color. Intense sunlight is very conducive to algae growth by causing increased water temperatures and more rapid loss of residual chlorine. The following three forms of algae are most commonly found throughout the Southwest Region:


Green Algae:

    Green algae is the most common form of algae. It appears as a streaky, slimy buildup, first noticeable on steps, in corners, and on the plastic surfaces of skimmers and return fittings.


Yellow or Mustard Algae:

    Yellow algae, also known as mustard algae, usually starts on the shady side of the swimming pool. Yellow algae has the same slimy texture as green algae, but it is more difficult to remove. Yellow algae thrives in shade, and will often appear in covered pools. This form of algae grows in a long, streaky pattern, appearing on pool walls, in corners, and on steps and love seats.


Black Algae:

    Black algae is the least common form of algae, but once it blooms it is the most stubborn and is the most difficult of the three to eradicate. Black algae is a water borne spore, and is carried into your pool through the fresh water used to fill your swimming pool. Black algae is usually the result of insufficient chlorine levels for an extended period of time. Black algae is most often found in leaky swimming pools that require near-daily replenishment of pool water. As large amounts of water are added to the pool, chlorine and stabilizer levels drop, promoting an inviting environment for black algae to form its roots.


    Should algae be allowed to gain a foothold in the pool, “shock” treatment is often necessary to remove the growth.


    It is commonly known that black algae is so stubborn and resistant and in many cases deeply embedded into the plaster and can only be controlled and not completely eliminated. An Acid Wash and Chlorine bath does not always work; sometimes re-plastering the surface is required to completely eliminate black algae. In most cases, i clean Pool water treatment system can control and many times eliminate visual black algae from your pool. (If anyone can do it our professional chemical service can)



Pool School

Pool School

– How does a pool system work?

_What basic maintenance is required?

Pool School

Chemical Balance
The first, most important thing required to maintain a swimming pool is proper chemical balance. Chemical levels must be checked regularly and adjusted according to results.

Filter Maintenance
The main filter must be checked on regularly and cleaned about once per month depending on the pressure gauge located on the filter. When the pressure rises about 10 PSI above the clean pressure it is time to backwash or clean the filter. All leaf baskets must be emptied about every two weeks or when full. If either the main filter or leaf baskets are left for too long, the circulation will slow down and often lead to a green pool.

The Last step in maintaining your swimming pool is to manually clean the pool. This includes skimming, brushing, and vacuuming the pool. If you have properly working system than cleaning your pool should be fairly easy. The system will do most of the work for you. If you have an automated vacuum (highly recommended) you will need to brush the walls and the steps, and skim out all leaves on the surface about once every two weeks. If you do not have an automatic vacuum you will also need to manually vacuum the pool about once per week.


How does a pool system work?

Basic System

First water is pulled from the pool through the skimmer. The skimmer is located on the top edge of the pool and has a leaf basket to catch leaves and large debris. The water then flows through a second leaf basket right before the pump. Then the water travels through the pump and the main filter. The main filter removes all dirt and small debris. The clean water then returns back into the pool. The timer automatically runs the system for 6-12 hours per day.


Basic system with spa

If you have a spa connected to your pool, then your system will be slightly different. For normal operation you will need to set the valves (usually near pump and filter) to pull water from the pool and return to the spa. The spa then overflows into the pool. This insures both the pool and spa water are filtered daily. Once set, the valves will not need adjusting until you would like to heat the spa. To heat the spa, you will adjust the suction valve before the pump to pull water from the spa instead of the pool. This will force the water to be pulled from the spa and returned to the spa allowing you to heat only the spa.