When unaddressed, mustard algae can wreak havoc on your pool surfaces, equipment, and water quality. Fortunately, it is treatable and preventable if detected early enough. You may enjoy crystal clear, healthy water without mustard algae or the risk of it forming again with a few easy steps.
Follow these instructions to identify, treat, and prevent mustard algae in your pool or spa water.
What is Mustard Algae?
To detect mustard algae in the water, we must first understand what it is. Mustard algae, which is a kind of green algae, may be yellowish, yellow-green, or brown in color and is usually slimy. Mustard algae is often mistaken for dirt or sand and will cling to pool surfaces, light fixtures, wall fittings, ladders, and other objects such as toys or swimwear.
How to Treat Mustard Algae
You’ll want to take action as soon as you notice an outbreak of mustard algae in your pool or spa. Here are some instructions for treating a mustard algae problem.
- Remove and wash your toys, floats, etc.
- Brush and vacuum surfaces
- Test and balance your water chemistry
- Superchlorinate your pool or spa
- Balance and clean water for a few days
How to Prevent Mustard Algae
The good news is that mustard algal attacks are preventable. The key to keeping mustard algae off your pool or spa surfaces is to be proactive with your water care. Follow the instructions below to avoid having mustard algae on your pool or spa.
- Keep your water chemistry balanced
- Practice proper filtration
- Clean your surfaces
- Always have a sanitizer
- Good circulation
- Use an algaecide
- Clean your filter
The dedicated team at Swim-Mor Pools & Spas is here to help. With over 50 years of experience, they’ll be able to answer any of your questions and help you find the best options available to fix your pool leak. Don’t hesitate and contact us today!