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What color is YOUR algae? - The Galveston County Daily News : Galveston

September 16, 2014

What color is YOUR algae?

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 1:00 am | Updated: 1:34 pm, Fri Jun 13, 2014.

If you have a pool, ACHTWOO Pool and Spa Professionals can help you with any of your pool needs.

ACHTWOO Pool and Spa Professionals, located in Galveston, has the expertise and the best prices to help make your backyard a water wonderland. Whether you need pool chemicals, or any pool equipment, ACHTWOO can assist you in making the best choice for your pool.

Below are some tips from the professionals at ACHTWOO on how to keep your pool in the best possible condition!

Black algae is bad this year. It’s often misidentified because it sometimes looks green or yellow. If you have yellow algae your pool will likely turn green in a day or so after you notice it. If it’s green algae it will infiltrate you water a lot quicker, sometimes within hours. If you have black algae it will grow on the walls but never really affect the water.

It usually shows up around light fixtures, jets, swim outs and other shallow areas that get little or no circulation. If you catch it early enough you can just grind a chlorine tablet into the black spot and be done with it. But if it has infected your entire pool it’s best to use a product called Silvertrene along with a stainless steel brush. This will destroy the algae, usually within 3 days.

After you kill it, adjust the jets in your pool so that they cause your water to rotate in the same direction (clockwise or counterclockwise, doesn’t matter). You want the water to be rippling about 2 foot out from the jet. If you have a swim out, point a jet toward it to increase water flow in that area. Remember: black algae loves warm, stagnant water.

If you need to pick up a bottle of Silvertrene, stop by and pick up a bottle at 6622 Stewart Rd in Galveston. And if you don’t have time to do it yourself, schedule to have one of our qualified technicians do it for you!

If you have any questions about any of this or would like for one of our technicians to come out and measure your pool for you, just give a call or email us.

Whether you need one of our factory-trained technicians to repair an issue with your equipment, need our award-winning maintenance staff to clean your pool or just need a knowledgeable person to help guide you along your path to swimming zen, we are here to help. The owner Larry Tyson, a native of Galveston, and his staff are here to serve you for all of your swimming pool needs.

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Come see ACHTWOO Pool & Spa Professionals in person at 6622 Stewart Rd. (at 67th Street) or call 409-974-4133. Check out ACHTWOO online at www.achtwoo.com, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/larrythepoolman or on Facebook at facebook.com/achtwoo. They can also be reached by email at info@achtwoo.com. B.O.I.

Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.