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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 & How Algae Grows In Your Swimming Pool

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

The reason for this is a combination of the heightened 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.

Known scientifically as a single-celled plant form, algae harnesses direct sunlight -- in a process known as photosynthesis -- to create its own food source, which allows it to grow inside your pools and spas during the summer season when sunlight is constantly hitting the water.

Exploring The Different Types Of Algae

Algae comes in a wide range of colors and varieties, which makes it extremely adaptable and difficult to get rid of, especially if it has been allowed to grow for an extended period of time.

What makes algae so difficult to eliminate in a swimming pool, is the fact that it is only detectable when it’s too late; due to its microscopic size, it takes millions of these plant forms to assimilate in order 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 salt water chlorine system. You should also be clued in on the many variations of algae, as a means to identify and prevent it from growing in your pool.

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

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 variation of algae typically grows in cracks and crevices of the swimming pool’s surface, and is especially fond of plaster and concrete finished pools due to the materials’ rough surfaces. Visually, black algae is known for heavily 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 does not have any negative effect on your water clarity or safety, it will leave unsightly black spots on your pool’s surface, which makes most pool owner run for the chlorine in order to get rid of it.

How Do The Professionals Get Rid Of Black Algae?
In order 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 properly balance and analyze your pool water.

Before the actual removal of black algae can occur, a pool professional will first thoroughly brush the algae from your pool’s surface in order to break through the slime layer. Your pool will then usually be shocked aggressively and brushed thoroughly until the black algae is completely removed.

Video courtesy of Pool & Supply World on YouTube.

Green Algae

Known as being the most common type of algae pool owners around the US have to deal with, green algae is conveniently named due to the fact that it quite literally turns your swimming pool water green -- which, unless you're celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, 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 be wall-clinging, and can leave stains on vinyl siding if not treated promptly and properly.

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 in order to ensure water is at the proper levels.

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

Mustard Algae

Mustard algae is, in fact, a mutation of green algae, and (like its predecessor) is 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 even brown (in some cases) in color, mustard algae typically appears dirt or sand-like on the sides or bottom of the affected swimming pool.

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

Video courtesy of Graves Pools & Spas on YouTube.

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.