Five Steps To Get Rid of Mustard Algae
Oh no! Not again! Yeah, that’s exactly what you would say at sight of an algae invasion. Mustard algae which you commonly know as yellow algae would stay dormant during the whole winter season, and then attack your pool when the time comes.
No matter how well you maintain your swimming pool, you might never know where it came from! Most algae prefer pools with lower chlorine levels and pleasant temperature. But still, your swimming pool is not safe. Not even if you maintain the pool chemistry at the required levels or have the standard pool temperature.
That is why you must watch out for mustard algae in your swimming pool. If you don’t eliminate them, they might invade your swimming look once again, right at the same spot. Let’s take a look at our article on how to get rid of mustard algae if a mustard algae invasion currently hits you. This article is also helpful for you to know to avoid a mustard algae invasion in future.
Step 01: Disinfect your pool accessories
Mustard algae have microscopic pores so they can easily hide in your pool accessories and equipment. You must wash your swimsuit and other swimwear in a hot cycle since mustard algae can hide in crevices of fabrics.
It is better if you can use some bleach, but make sure that they are color safe. Throw away all the deteriorated pool accessories and soak other equipment like skimmer nets and pool brushes in a chlorine solution.
Step 02: Vacuum your pool to waste
Set your filter to waste feature so that you can vacuum your pool to waste. If your filter doesn’t allow you with that feature, you must attach an extension pole at the end of the vacuum head and the end of the hose to the end of the pole.
You must be fast since this process would consume a lot of your pool’s water. Make sure that your swimming pool is free from larger debris before you start this process.
Step 03: Yellow out plus giving your swimming pool a shock
Yellow out is a chemical used to accelerate the strength of chlorine. You must check the pool chemistry of your swimming pool to ensure that there are no imbalances in the pool water. Then raise the pH level to 7.8.
Next, you must add two pounds of yellow out per 15,000 gallons of water all over the surface of your swimming pool. Then, add two pounds of pool shock per 15,000 gallons of pool water, after five minutes.
Next, you must brush your swimming pool thoroughly and keep the pool filter running overnight. Then give your pool another shock in the next morning and again after 24 hours by adding two pounds of pool shock per 10,000 gallons of water.
Step 04: Decontaminate your pool filter
As we mentioned above, the mustard algae have microscopic pores which are the very reason what makes it easier to stay inside your pool filter as well. It is advisable to replace your filter media if you had to go through a lot of algae blooms recently. You can either soak the other parts in a chlorine solution or spray them with a chlorine solution.
If you are seeking another option other than buying the filter media, there is one too. Soak the filter media in a solution of water with one pound of pool shock or two gallons of Clorox. If it is a sand filter that you have got, it is better if you can replace it with new sand.