In the first post in this two part series, we looked at a few methods people frequently use to prevent the formation of black algae in their swimming pools. There are still a few things you need to do after carefully scrubbing the area where the algae was until no visible algae is left and after treating the area by rubbing it with chlorine tablets.
What Else Should Be Done to Effectively Treat Black Algae?
The pool’s filter has to be cleaned up next. Black algae loves unclean water, which makes it the ideal environment for growth. This is just one of the many reasons it’s crucial to complete all of your routine pool maintenance chores on time. When you slack off, you give contaminants like black algae a welcome invitation to come in and take over.
You must inspect every item that enters your pool, including toys, swimwear, and pool equipment, in addition to cleaning it. Give every one of these things a thorough scrub, or in the case of swimsuits, a machine wash, even if you can’t yet see algae developing on them. Any spores of different kinds of black algae will be eliminated by doing this.
And lastly, chemically shock your pool. Give it a shock that is three times as strong as you normally would in place of your typical shock. You should operate the filter for a minimum of 24 hours after shocking the pool. Re-shock the pool with the usual quantity of shock chemicals after a few days. Ten thousand gallons of water would require three pounds of chlorine for a triple shock. You would use one pound of chlorine for 10,000 gallons of water for a typical shock.
What Happens If You Are Not Successful?
If at first you don’t succeed, try again, goes the proverb. Continue repeating this technique until all traces of the black algae are gone. It’s not unusual to need to repeat the procedure more than once in order to get the desired outcome.
How Can Black Algae Be Prevented from Coming Back?
Make diligent pool cleaning a habit if you want to prevent algae from returning to reside in your pool after it has been initially removed.
What Can Be Done to Minimize the Growth of Black Algae?
Make sure the chemical levels in your water are as they should be by doing routine tests. At the very least on a regular basis, you should test the pH, chlorine, and alkalinity of the pool. Add the necessary amount to balance out any out-of-equilibrium chemicals.
Additionally, you need to keep your pool’s equipment and accessories tidy. Weekly or biweekly shock your pool. Vacuum and brush your pool. By regularly operating your pump, you may get rid of debris. A clean pool deters black algae just as much as a filthy one welcomes it.
It’s essential to get rid of black algae. It can trigger the development of dangerous bacteria if allowed to fester and grow. Therefore, to halt and prevent black algae before it gets out of control, follow the instructions provided in this article series. Good luck!
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