Answers to Basic Pool Questions
What is it?
Common “green” algae are microscopic, aquatic plant-like organisms and can be free-floating or wall clinging. Algae grows in salt or fresh water and thrives in temperatures above 85°F. In fact, it can “bloom” overnight. Algae spores constantly enter pool by rain, wind, animals, toys or swimsuits and left unchecked, can clog filters and create surface damage.
To kill green algae:
5 steps to prevent algae growth:
- Maintain a sanitizer residual of 1-3ppm
- Do an initial and weekly application of a preventative algaecide (such as BACK UP Algae Inhibitor)
- Shock routinely
- Make sure there is adequate circulation and filtration
- Brushing surfaces is vital