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Why Swimming Pool Algae Removal Is Best Left To The Professionals

When you’re in need of pool algae removal services in Atlanta, The Pool Butler is the only company you need to call.

Our swimming pool technicians have the necessary chemicals, cleaning equipment, and experience to effectively remove any algae build-up in your swimming pool and spa. With that said, the best algae removal method is to prevent algae from growing in the first place.

If you’re lucky enough to own a swimming pool that is algae-free—whether it be due to having a professional company (such as The Pool Butler) on your side to carry out proper pool maintenance and cleaning or you’re handling these efforts yourself—then you’ll want to be extremely cautious; while taking the necessary steps to prevent algae growth.

The first step in algae prevention is to educate yourself on the causes of algae growth, as well as identifying the three main types of swimming pool algae that typically plague pool and spa owners in Atlanta and beyond.

Understanding Why And How Algae Grow

During the summer months (typically July and August), algae typically start to become a real problem for swimming pool owners everywhere.

The reason for this is a combination of the high summer temperatures mixed with lower sanitization levels of your pool—a problem only seen with owners who fail to have the proper swimming pool cleaning plan in place.

Algae are a single-celled plant form that harnesses sunlight to create its own food source, in the process we know as photosynthesis. This allows it to flourish inside your pools and spas during the summer season, with extended hours of sunlight hitting the water.

Exploring The Different Types Of Algae

Algae come in a wide range of colors and varieties, making it extremely adaptable and challenging to get rid of, especially if it has been allowed to grow for an extended period.

What makes algae so challenging to eliminate in a swimming pool is that it is only detectable when it’s too late. Due to its microscopic size, it takes millions of these plant forms to be noticed by the naked eye.

This is why it’s so important to prevent algae in the first place using particular methods—one of the most popular being the use of a saltwater chlorine system. You should also get to know the many varieties of algae as a means to identify and prevent it from growing in your pool.

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Let’s explore the different types of swimming pool algae below, along with the best ways to prevent and eliminate each variety.

Black Algae

While most pool owners refer to this type of algae as black algae, it is, in reality, known as blue-green algae.

This variety of algae typically grows in cracks and crevices of the swimming pool’s surface. It is especially fond of plaster and concrete finished pools due to the materials’ rough surfaces. Visually, black algae are known for their slimy appearance, which usually forms in a skeletal pattern along your pool’s surface, making it immune to standard chlorine levels.

While black algae typically do not have any adverse effect on your water clarity or safety, they will leave unsightly black spots on your pool’s surface, and most pool owners want to run for the chlorine to get rid of it.

How Do The Professionals Get Rid Of Black Algae?

To effectively treat pools dealing with black algae growth, a swimming pool cleaning professional—like the technicians we have at The Pool Butler—will typically opt first to analyze and balance your pool water.

Next, before the actual removal of black algae can occur, a pool professional will first thoroughly brush the algae from your pool’s surface to break through the slime layer. After that, they will usually aggressively shock the pool and brush it again until the black algae are entirely removed.

Green Algae

The most common type of algae pool owners face, the aptly-named green algae can quite literally turn your pool water green. And unless you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, that can make for a pretty disgusting swim.

Despite its name, however, green algae can sometimes appear blue-green, yellow-green, and even dark-green in some instances. Beyond turning your water green, green algae can also cling to the walls of your pool and leave stains on vinyl siding if not treated promptly.

How Do The Professionals Get Rid Of Green Algae?

When approaching green algae removal, a swimming pool cleaning professional will first analyze your pool’s water and pH level to ensure water is at the proper levels.

Your pool will then be brushed and vacuumed thoroughly before being shocked. During this process, your technician will check the pool’s filtration system to ensure the water is flowing correctly. This process may be repeated a few times to effectively remove all of the green algae from your swimming pool.

Yellow (or Mustard) Algae

Mustard algae are, in fact, a mutation of green algae. Like their predecessor, they are extremely resistant to normal chlorine levels, making it nearly impossible to remove if you don’t have the necessary cleaning supplies.

Varying from yellow-green to brown, mustard algae typically look like dirt or sand on the sides or bottom of the affected swimming pool.

To rid your pool of mustard algae, a swimming pool professional will use the same techniques used to remove black algae.

Finding Effective Swimming Pool Algae Removal Services In Atlanta

When it comes to swimming pool algae removal, no company in Atlanta is more fit for the job than The Pool Butler.

In addition to a wide range of swimming pool maintenance, repair, and cleaning services, our company has been providing effective pool algae removal for years and can ensure your pool is back in tip-top shape in no time. Don’t let algae ruin your swimming season; let The Pool Butler remove it for you and get your pool water sparkling once again so you can enjoy your backyard with your friends and family!

Contact The Pool Butler today to learn more about professional pool algae removal services in Atlanta, or any one of our white glove swimming pool services.

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