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Frequently Asked Questions:

Why does my pool have algae?

 Algae spores constantly enter the pool, brought in by wind, rain or even contaminated swimsuits or equipment. When conditions are right, an algae bloom can occur seemingly overnight. These conditions include out of balance water, warm temperatures, sunlight and presence of nitrates and/or carbon dioxide. Of course, a lack of proper circulation, filtration and sanitation may be the primary cause of the algae.  If treatment is not taken quickly, it gets harder to kill and remove.

How do I treat yellow algae?

 Yellow (Mustard) Algae treatment

Yellow Algae or Mustard Algae can grow quickly on pool walls. If brushed it can be removed easily, but will return quickly. The following steps can be taken to kill yellow algae:

1.    Check pH level. It should be 7.4-7.6 ppm.

2.    Brush pool walls.

3.    Superchlorinate (shock) pool using proper chemical.

4.    White Plaster Pools: 2 lb. per 10,000 gallons of shock chlorine (Calcium-Hypochlorite).

5.    Add 17 oz of RAM MUSTARD OUT 60 per 10,000 gallons or 36 oz of RAM POLY ALGAECIDE per 10,000 gallons.

6.    Run filter system 24 hours.

7.    Brush off any remaining visible algae.

8.    Vacuum pool and backwash/clean filter.

9.    Do not allow swimmers in pool until chlorine level drops to 3.0 pm or lower.

How do I treat green algae?

 Green Algae Treatment

Green Algae grows easily in pool water and on walls. It is green to bright green in color. Green Algae clouds pool water easily. Take these steps for treatment of green algae:

1.    Check pH level. It should be 7.4-7.6.

2.    Check circulation of pool water (Are baskets and filter clean? Clean if needed).

3.    Turn filter system off.

4.    Superchlorinate (shock) pool.

5.    White Plaster Pools: 2 lbs. per 10,000 gallons of shock chlorine (Calcium-Hypochlorite).

6.    Next day turn filter system on.

7.    Brush off any remaining visible algae.

8.    Vacuum pool and backwash/clean filter.

9.    Add 11 oz. of RAM MUSTARD OUT 60 per 10,000 gallons, or 36 oz of RAM POLY ALGAECIDE per 10,000 gallons.

10. Do not allow swimmers in pool until chlorine level drops to 3.0 pm or lower.

 How do I treat black algae?

 Black Algae Cyanophyta: Algae with dark blue, black or green color. Grown in colonies as small dots. Forms a protective layer over itself. Mostly visible in white plaster. Their roots extend into the plaster or tile grout, and unless the roots are destroyed completely, a new head will grow back in the same place. The heads also contain protective layers to keep cell destroying chemicals from entering the organism. Like yellow algae, black strains can bloom even in the presence of normal sanitizing levels and proper filtration.

 RAM BLACKOUT
90% TRICHLOR
(Kills Black Algae on White Masonary Pools, ONLY)

What is the approximate cost of pool maintenance per year?

For a typical pool (water volume between 20,000 and 25,000 gallons) annual chemical cost will be approximately $200.