Tips for Treating Tough Algae Problems

THE POOL LADY'S "QUICK TIPS"

Daytime

  1. Brush walls to remove algae.
  2. Wait until the algae settles to the bottom, then vacuum.
  3. Backwash for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Rinse for 30 seconds.
  5. Shut pump off before changing filter.

At Night

  1. Shock your pool with ½ bag of DAZZLE ULTRA SHOCK.
  2. Add ½ a bottle of DAZZLE ALGAE CLEAR 60.

It’s no surprise that there are some REAL difficult algae problems being reported this year. After all we had an extremely cold winter, followed by drought and hot weather with some heavy rainfall, and because of this inconsistent weather, algae has been hard to treat and keep away.

Here are more helpful tips that will make it easier to keep your high algae problem to a minimum.

  1. When you are treating for algae found in your pool the water has gone from GREEN to BLUE and CLOUDY within 2 days, if this has happened to you, you may need to do a second chlorine shock treatment. As the algae starts to grow on the walls of your pool, it produces a protective sheath over the algae cells making it VERY difficult for the treatment to get into the wall clinging algae. Always make sure that you vigorously brush the walls and the bottom of your pool if you want to maximize the chances of a quick kill.
  2. REMEMBER: solving algae problems takes three things working in conjunction they are
    1. Good Filtration,
    2. Adequate Circulation
    3. Robust Chemical Treatment Regime.
  3. Plants produce food by the process of photosynthesis, but in order to do the process of photosynthesis, the plant needs food. For algae their foods are phosphates and nitrates, wastes that are produced when you swim in your pool. We can help you assess your risk of algae by testing your phosphate levels and other elements that increase your risk of algae growth. Bring a water sample into our store and we will test it for you for FREE!
  4. It is also important to maintain a chlorine residual of around 2 ppm-3 ppm after applying your treatment. If you do not have chlorine reading between 2-3 ppm, you MUST keep adding chlorine every day until the chlorine levels are between the appropriate levels. But don’t forget about the pH levels, as they are just as important as the chlorine levels. Keeping your pH level between 7.4 and 7.6 is ideal for swimming for comfort. Algae levels can also rise when the pH levels are high because algae absorbs carbon dioxide, the higher the pH the less effective the chlorine.
  5. Shown below are stages that can be expected when killing algae. First the pool will go from GREEN to BLUE and CLOUDY. The cloudiness is caused because of the BILLIONS of algae spores in the pool water. When the algae dies the chlorophyll is bleached and the sunlight refracts the dead algae cells, therefore giving the pool a milky appearance. The final step is to slowly filter out the huge amounts of dead algae cells. This takes time and a lot of effort to complete. Using DAZZLE CLEAR REBOUND helps improve this final step and it helps speed up the step by step process.
    1. Pool water will turn from green to milky blue (usually within 24 hours).
    2. Water will foam and bubble, the milky appearance will gradually fade away.
    3. Water clarity returns!
  6. WARNING: this year unlike ever before, we are seeing a significant chlorine demand problems, and high phosphate levels (above 300 ppb). These are the root cause to not being able to clear many algae problems. The only solution is to remove the phosphates with PHOS CLEANSE and to keep adding chlorine until the demand has been overcome.

Come into our store for a FREE water test to asses your risk of algae.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!