Pool algae is a mostly aquatic organism. It needs water and light for photosynthesis so it can flourish. Algae spores are generally carried into your pool by the wind or rain. They can also arrive by way of dirty water, on animal fur, or even by bathers. Pool algae will always be present at the microscopic size, even in the cleanest pool.
In many pools, developed algae hide in protected areas. Surfaces include the light niche or the skimmer, where brushing never happens. If pool plaster is deteriorating, then algae can grow in the cracks or pitting. It is again protected from brushing or cleaners.
Algae will bloom as soon as conditions are favorable. You may have a pool with perfect water balance and one of Austin’s big storms can wash in a load of new algae spores and possibly other debris which combined with the added rainwater can change the chemistry balance of your pool and suddenly your perfect pool is now a perfect incubator for a pool algae bloom. Check out our pool safety guidelines for more information.
When conditions are favorable for the algae, a bloom can occur, and your pool can turn green in a matter of hours.
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The algae that you find in your pool is generally not dangerous to people or animals. It is unsightly, however, and it can create slippery surfaces and drowning risks due to a lack of visibility. Pool algae is a sign that the water chemistry is not under control. Therefore, more dangerous organisms, like E-coli bacteria, could be present.
What algae does do is it creates a chlorine demand, that makes the water conditions more favorable to algae and it clogs up filtration systems, that reduce circulation and again create more favorable conditions for algae. As pool algae develop it produces carbon dioxide which can increase the pH level of the water, which reduces the effectiveness of chlorine, again making the water conditions more favorable to algae. This is why when a pool starts going bad it can get really bad really quickly.
There are thousands of types of algae. From giant kelp seaweed to the microscopic picoplankton. Here are the most common types that we face in swimming pools:
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