At Viscount Pools of Metro Detroit, we understand that Pool Owners have little / no control when it comes to the environmental factors that influence algae growth. Environmental factors can be airborne debris, phosphates, sunlight, temperature and nitrates. The best ways to prevent algae are to ensure that you are filtering properly, maintaining a sufficient amount of chlorine, brush the pool regularly and use a preventative algaecide.
At Viscount Pools of Metro Detroit, we carry a few different types of algaecides. Some algaecides are great for killing algae and others are great for preventing algae growth. Some algaecides are great for both killing and preventing, such as a Copper Based Algaecide (Algae Break 90) and Ammonium based algaecide (our “Red” algaecide). Then there are also “Poly” Algaecides. All of our Algaecides come in two different concentrations.
I will start with our Poly Algaecides. Our Poly 30 is a great maintenance product. This algaecide has a positive electrical charge that attaches itself to the negative charges of dirt and debris, and allows these debris to get caught in your filtration system easier. Our Poly 60 is twice as concentrated and is good at treating algae in the same way. The positive charge is attracted to the negative charge of existing algae and clumps it together, making it easier to vacuum out of the pool. This algaecide works well on easy to beat, green algae.
Our Concentrated “Red” Algaecide and Algae Stop 10, are ammonium based algaecides. This is mostly used in small doses, and if used in excess, it can cause foaming when the water is agitated, but it will eventually oxidize out of the water. This algaecide works great in part with chlorine, and helps enhance the performance of chlorine. The ammonium splits open the algae cell and allows the chlorine to kill the algae. This is probably the most popular and least expensive algae preventative and treatment, but the most unfavorable because of the chance of foaming.
Copper based Algaecides (Algae Krush & Algae Break 90) are the most effective ways of killing and preventing algae. It is great at treating hard to beat black algae, and works on all types algae. But be leery of some Copper based algaecides that are not purchased from Viscount Pools of Metro Detroit, because they may cause staining in pools, especially Gunnite pools. Talk to a pool professional to ensure that the Copper algaecide you are using has a sequestering agent, to prevent any staining. All of our Copper based algaecides contain sequestering agents. These algaecides leave a residual of copper in the water, and continue to prevent algae for 90 days, as long as proper chlorine levels are consistent.
Our last Algaecide is used strictly for treating Mustard Algae. Mustard Algae tends to embed itself to the surfaces of the pool, making it very difficult to remove or brush. Yellow Klear, and Yellow Cure are Sodium Bromide based algaecides, and help detach the algae. It is then activated by shocking the pool with chlorine. We like using this algaecide in part with a clarifier.
Dosage rates and concentration vary depending on the algaecide. For best results always bring in a water sample to be tested by our certified water testing professionals. Each algaecide works only when the balancers are within range, and some require a high Ph in order to work.
Feel free to talk to our knowledgeable staff to help reduce any factors that can contribute to algae growth. We can discuss the many preventative measures, to ensure that your water will always be sparking. We can even help you reduce those environmental factors such as Phosphates, and help you maintain low phosphate levels.