Whether you’re battling algae now or vigilant at preventing it, algae is definitely a thing for pools and hot tubs.
As General Sun Tzu said hundreds of years ago,
“Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated.”
Make sure you know all about algae. If you know what makes it grow and how to prevent it, you’ll be on the offense instead of the defense.
And if you know all about algae, it won’t take you by surprise. Start with this quick quiz:
1. Algae’s perfect environment is hot weather.
True, but with exceptions! Algae can grow in virtually any environment that has carbon dioxide, sunlight, minerals, and enough water – even very cold climates. The limiting factor in algae growth is often sunlight or minerals. When sunlight is limited, some kinds of algae can take in organic substances, like plant matter, as food.
Hot weather offers algae opportunities. Warmer temperatures prevent water from mixing, allowing algae to grow thicker and faster. Warmer water is easier for small organisms to move through and allows algae to float to the surface faster. Algae blooms absorb sunlight, making water even warmer and promoting more blooms, in other words, it grows fast in warm sunlight!