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Exploring The Types Of Swimming Pool Algae

As you may not already be aware, there are three types of algae commonly found in swimming pools in Atlanta: yellow, black and green. Each should be a concern of homeowners.

As the swimming pool cleaning and repair experts, we here at The Pool Butler want our customers to be informed. This is why we chose to break down the different types of swimming pool algae, in order to give you insight into their potential dangers when it comes to your pool:

Black Algae

Black algae is the most dangerous form of algae pool owners deal with. It is a dark blue-green in color. The early signs of this algae are the appearance of black specks that look like dirt particles at the bottom of the pool.

This type of algae has a slow progression initially and typically begins as black specks and then expands outwards. Once the black dots grow larger, the algae grows at a rapid rate at the bottom of your pool.

Black algae can extend across the bottom of the swimming pool, and can grow deep into the plaster and concrete on your swimming pool floor. It can grow and thrive at a deeper depth and in lower lit places.

When left untouched, black algae can cause structural damage to your swimming pool, however, it can be prevented with algicides and sanitizers as well as proper swimming pool cleaning from a pool professional.

Green Algae

The most common form of swimming pool algae is green algae. You will notice it initially as a green slime on the swimming pool or spa surface area.

The visible algae can be removed with a pool brush, but you have to sanitize the water properly to keep it from growing back — which can be done by one of our experienced pool technicians at The Pool Butler.

With that said, the best method for stopping green algae is to use chemicals. This type of algae grows quickly and, therefore, has to be killed just as quickly to avoid it overrunning your swimming pool.

Yellow Algae

While yellow algae has a much slower growth rate than its counterparts, it is difficult to eliminate. Similar to the green algae, you can remove the surface layer with a brush and then expose the underlayer to the effect of algicides and chlorine.

The best way to remove yellow algae, however, is through the use of superchlorination, which should only be carried out by a professional swimming pool maintenance technician in Atlanta.

Algae is the most widespread issue that swimming pools have and it is one of the primary reasons that it is important to have a professional monitor your swimming pool on a recurring basis.

If you are experiencing an algae problem in Atlanta, do not hesitate to contact The Pool Butler online for a quote or by calling us directly at 770-439-2644.

We have years of experience handling all types of algae problems, and a long list of satisfied customers. With The Pool Butler on your side, your pool will be sparkling again in no time!

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