Swimming Pool Algaecides
There are over 400 kinds of algae that can develop in your swimming pool! That sounds pretty depressing doesn’t it? So how do you tell what the best algaecides for your pool are? The good thing is that they all fit into 3 types or colors.
The most common type of algae for most pools. Green algae can grow on the walls but it most commonly grows in the water itself making the pool look green.
Before you attempt to kill green algae you should make sure your pool filter is clean and your chemicals levels are balanced. Grab a good Test Kit and verify. The chlorine levels will need to be raised (shocked) to a very high level in combination with the use of a good algaecide to kill most green algae.
How easy it is to kill green algae usually depends on how long the algae has been in the pool. If it has only been there for a week or two you should not have much trouble killing it. If it has been there for a month or longer you may need to take more aggressive actions including draining and refilling your pool (not above ground pools or any inground pool during high ground water levels). You may need to contact me with specifics before you proceed so you don’t waste time or money. Please use the contact form on this website.
Here are the best algaecides for green algae. Shock the pool and add one of these at the rate of about one quart per 20,000 gallons of pool water.
Yellow algae is also known as Mustard Algae. Yellow algae is yellow in color and only grows on the walls of the pool. It usually starts on the shady side of the pool but will quickly spread to the entire pool. It is also easily identified because it brushes off easily from the pool walls but will return if allowed in just a few days. This is the algae that most pool service companies deal with because green algae is usually kept to a minimum with regular maintenance. Yellow algae on the other hand will grow with normal amounts of chlorine and proper maintenance. Luckily we can still kill it with a good algaecide.
Yellow Algae also requires a high chlorine level and everything else to be balanced with a good Test Kit.
Shock the pool. Add one of the algaecides below following the directions on the label.
This algae can come back after killing it so keep your eye out for the formation of new yellow algae for a few weeks. If you see any repeat the shock and algaecide. You might choose to change the algaecide to the one used for green algae instead of the same algaecide you just used. This is because the algaecides work differently and you have already weakened the algae. Change the algaecide and you will most likely kill all remaining algae. It’s what I do.
This pain in the rear grows like a root in the pitted or rough areas of your swimming pool. They grow in small spots not larger than the size of dime but they can be numerous. The reason why I have so much disdain for them is because they grow a protective head over the root of the algae. In order to kill this algae you need to scrape off the head of each spot. This algae will spread if left unattended. I have seen pools with black algae everywhere! What a cleanup those were requiring lots of scrubbing and two or three algaecides. Luckily most pools only have a few spots.
First buy a quality Stainless Steel Brush. The trick here is to buy a brush that is not too wide. This way you can put more pressure on each spot with less effort. Brush every black algae spot and then shock the pool. A few hours after shocking the pool you can add a copper algaecide. Copper algaecides are great at killing black algae roots after the head is removed. You should be careful not to add too much copper algaecide (follow label directions) because copper can stain the pool walls if used too often or if too much is added.