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    Over 20,000 species known to exist.  Algae may form on your pool surfaces or it may bloom in suspension.  We typically know algae to be green but it may also be yellow (mustard algae), black, blue-green, or any shade in between. It may form separate spots or seem to grow in sheets.  Pink algae is not algae at all but a form of bacteria.  Algae are living breathing organisms that need warmth, sunlight, and CO² to thrive.  Click here to learn more about algae and how it affects your pool.
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 7:19 AM

  • Algae - Part I

    Every pool owner has, at one time or another, done battle with the occasional algae bloom. 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. The best process is one of elimination.
    Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:50 PM

  • Algae - Part II
    Proper chemical balance and sanitizer residuals will prevent many opportunities for algae to bloom. high pH and low chlorine (or other sanitizer) can give algae a great start to genesis. General cleanliness of the pool is also important. Organic material and bacteria can contribute to algae growth. Regular brushing of seemingly clean pools is not only good exercise for you, but prevents dirt from harboring in the pores of the plaster, which is a good start for an algae colony.
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:28 AM
  • Algae - Part III

    First off, balance your water, paying particular attention to pH. Secondly, check your filter system and clean if necessary. Adjust valving for optimum circulation and allow it to run 24 hours a day until the pool clears. Turn on automatic cleaners to help stir things up. Backwash as necessary.
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:11 AM


    Meaning, to kill algae. Algaecides perform best as a backup to a routine sanitation program. They also help to kill airborne spores as they blow into the pool. A variety of algae treatment products are available including copper and silver compounds, poly-quat compounds, chlorine enhancers , and herbicides.
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:35 AM

    An algaecide kills algae, while an algaestat retards and prevents its genesis and growth.
    Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:10 AM

    Alkalis are best known for being bases (compounds with pH greater than 7) that dissolve in water. Alkaline is commonly used as a synonym for base, especially for soluble bases.
    Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:10 AM


    Alkaline refers to the condition where the water's pH is above 7.0 (neutral) on the pH scale.  It is the opposite of acidic.  Alkalinity is the amount of carbonates and bicarbonates in the water,  measured in "parts per million" (ppm) of Total Alkalinity.
    Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:10 AM

  • All The World is "aTwitter" over "Twitter!"

    POOLCENTER.com is now using Twitter!  You can follow us by entering @poolcenter while on www.twitter.com or in your Twitter account.  Not familiar with Twitter, please watch the following informative video from CBS News in Silicon Valley.  Also, packed into the social media interview on the news video, Robert Scoble (a.k.a. "The Scoble-izer") gives his input to the social media masses.  Enjoy!
    Tuesday, July 02, 2019 9:52 AM

  • Alternative Sanitizers
    Ozone gas is basically an active form of oxygen that reacts with bacteria, viruses, algae, and other impurities in the water.  At its low concentration levels in the water it has no effect on your skin and eyes.  Many municipal water purification plants use ozone to treat drinking water. When the ozone gas dissolved in water comes in contact with impurities it oxidizes them as chlorine chemicals do. It also causes particles, body oils, and suntan oils, etc. to clump so the filter can remove them more effectively.  Most ozone purifiers for pools and spas use only about 0.5 amperes when they are running. This is about the same amount of electricity a 60 watt light bulb uses. Since the ozone generator unit only runs when the filter pump is operating the total amount of electricity used is not great.

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:29 AM