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Algae

 

Definition/Cause

A common "green" algae that can be free floating or wall-clinging. Ranges in severity from patches on walls and bottoms to entire pools. Can clog filters and create surface damage if left unchecked.

Solution

  • Banish®: Kills all types of swimming pool algae.

 


Black Algae

 

Definition/Cause

Forms in cracks and crevices on pool surfaces, especially plaster finishes. Known for protective coatings that make it impervious to normal chlorine levels.

Solution

  • Banish®: Kills all types of swimming pool algae
  • Spot Kill®: Formulated to kill black algae on walls.
  • Spot Kill WP: Only used on white plaster pools

 


Chlorine Residual

 

Definition/Cause

The most common cause of increased chlorine demand is a high level of contaminants.

Solution

  • Burn Out Extreme® or Burn Out 35: Corrects chlorine levels
  • Bring us a water sample to perform a test to help

 


Cloudy Water

 

Definition/Cause

Hazy, murky appearance. Caused by poor filtration, inadequate circulation, water balance, low sanitizer levels and/or lack of routine oxidation.

Solution

  • Lo 'N Slo®: Corrects high pH
  • Strip Kwik® or NEW improved Kleen It®: Cleans dirty filter media
  • Burn Out Extreme® or Burn Out 35: Boosts sanitizer levels

 


Foam

 

Definition/Cause

Foam is caused by elevated levels of algicide or a foaming algicide in pools with jetted returns, attached spas or water features. Foaming can also be caused by a foreign contaminant such as soap or oil entering the pool. Foam should dissipate over time, but the use of AntiFoam will help clear the foam much more rapidly.

Solution

  • Anti-Foam: Eliminates foam quickly
  • To prevent foam from occurring due to high algicide levels, skip your next scheduled addition of Back Up® or switch to non-foaming Algae All 60®

 


Mustard (yellow) Algae

 

Definition/Cause

A chlorine-resistant form of green algae. Often resembles dirt or sand on bottom or sides of pool. It can be brushed away very easily, but returns quickly. Although it can create a large chlorine demand, it has been known to survive in high levels of chlorine.

Solution

  • Banish®: Kills all types of swimming pool algae

 


Scale

 

Definition/Cause

Scale formation is caused by high calcium hardness.

Solution

  • Scale Inhibitor: Eliminates scale discoloration. Helps prevent scale from forming on pool surfaces and damaging the equipment

 


Staining

 

Definition/Cause

Discoloration of pool equipment and surfaces caused by contamination, sunlight and metals in pool water.

Solution

  • Erase® Stain ID Kit: Helps identify the specific type of metal stain in your pool
  • Pool Magnet® Plus:Ties up metals in pool water
  • Sparkle-Up®: Aids physical removal of metals through filter

 

 

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