Algae

Algae

Red.  Yellow.  Green.  Not new wall color ideas for your living room… we’re referring to your pool’s biggest nemesis – algae.  Algae are a rough bunch of pool-time fun killjoys – a gang that waits for no welcome, stays a while and skips town, only when forced.  Who knew this gang could come in so many colors and forms?  Common green algae like to proliferate on steps and walls, anywhere the sun shines, but where the water doesn’t circulate as well.  It makes a quick entrance – getting good and comfy in your pool or spa in 24 hours or less!  Yellow algae live in many of the same areas as green algae do, except it is a tougher pest to destroy.  Blue-green or black algae are mostly found in the I-forgot-I-had-a-swimming-pool-for-a-really-long-time category. 

No Long-term Maintenance = Black Algae’s Welcome Mat

A trusty stiff-bristled brush is required to convince black algae that they need to skip town fast.  Yes, black algae are one tough bunch.  Pink algae, on the other hand, like to park themselves at the waterline of your pool.  They are more than happy to skedaddle at the sight of your pool brush coming their way.  Then, there are clear algae.  These creatures remind me of invisible monsters.  You can see ‘em, but your Dolphin DX4 automatic pool cleaner will wish you’d run them out of town.  And fast.  He just can’t do his job, since he can’t grab the walls properly.  So, there’s the rundown on the Algae Gang.  Next up, we’ll be looking at ways to chase these bad dudes out of town.  Ahem.  I mean, out of your pool. 

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