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Exploring The Types Of Swimming Pool Algae

Regular pool cleaning is a must. Stop taking care of your pool, and you’ll quickly find that your crystal clear pool has turned into an algae-filled swamp. To beat the algae, you need to know a little bit about the types of swimming pool algae. There are three types of algae commonly found in swimming pools in Atlanta: yellow, black, and green. Each should be a concern of homeowners, and each one needs its own remedy.

As the swimming pool cleaning and repair experts, we here at The Pool Butler want our customers to be informed. So we’ve broken down the different types of swimming pool algae to give you insight into their potential dangers and solutions.

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Black Algae

Black algae is the most dangerous form of algae pool owners deal with. While it’s called black, it is actually a dark blue-green color. The early signs of black algae are the appearance of black specks that look like dirt particles at the bottom of the pool.

Luckily, black algae tends to progress slowly. It typically begins as black specks and then expands outwards. If you can catch the algae at this early stage, it can be removed relatively easily. But once the black dots grow larger, the algae grows at a rapid rate at the bottom of your pool. Black algae that has spread can be much more difficult to conquer.

Black algae can extend across the bottom of the swimming pool. What makes it so problematic is that it can grow deep into the plaster and concrete of your swimming pool. It can grow and thrive at a deeper depth and in lower lit places than other types of algae.

When left untouched, black algae can cause structural damage to your swimming pool. However, it can be prevented with algicides and sanitizers as well as proper swimming pool cleaning from a pool professional.

If you have black algae in your pool, call The Pool Butler immediately. Treating black algae early is crucial. Once it has spread, it may take some significant interventions to remove it. That could even mean draining and refinishing the pool.

Green Algae

The most common form of swimming pool algae is green algae. You will notice it initially as a green slime on the swimming pool or spa surface. Green algae can be removed with a pool brush, but you have to sanitize the water properly to keep it from growing back. Our experienced pool technicians at The Pool Butler can thoroughly clean and sanitize your pool so that the green algae won’t grow back.

The best method for stopping green algae is to use chemicals to kill it, then clean the pool. Green algae grows quickly and has to be killed just as quickly to avoid it overrunning your swimming pool. The more the green algae grows, the harder it will be to restore the pool. Green algae is one of the ugliest forms of swimming pool algae and can make your pool look swampy if you let it go for too long. But even if the algae has grown out of control, The Pool Butler can bring your pool back to sparkling clear in just a few treatments.

Yellow Algae

Yellow algae has a much slower growth rate than its counterparts, but it isn’t very easy to eliminate. Similar to green algae, you can remove the surface layer with a brush and then expose the underlayer to the effect of algicides and chlorine. The best way to remove yellow algae is with superchlorination. This kind of chemical treatment is best carried out by a professional swimming pool maintenance technician.

If your pool has sprouted an algae bloom, don’t get discouraged. Algae is one of the most common issues that swimming pool owners face. It is one of the primary reasons that it is crucial to keep up with pool cleaning and chemical treatments. One of the best ways to avoid algae is to have a professional monitor your swimming pool on a regular basis.

If you are experiencing an algae problem in Atlanta, do not hesitate to contact The Pool Butler online for a quote or call us directly at 770-439-2644.

We have years of experience handling all types of algae problems and a long list of satisfied customers. With The Pool Butler on your side, your pool will be sparkling clean again in no time!

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