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    Algae doesn't need to be the bane of your existence. The simplest way to get rid of algae is never to get it in the first place. If you maintain the appropriate free chlorine (FC) level at all times, algae will never be able to get started.

    The earlier you catch algae, the easier it is to get rid of. When algae is just starting, the water will have a dull appearance and the FC level will start falling more quickly than usual. If you catch algae at this point, it usually only takes a single application of chlorine to wipe it out.
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    Mustard algae is a particularly persistent kind of algae, that appears to go away when you SLAM the pool normally, only to reappear as soon as you come back down to normal chlorine levels. It tends to grow in clumps on surfaces at normal chlorine levels, and varies from a true "mustard" yellow to green with hints of yellow. It can also grow free floating in the water if the chlorine level is low enough.
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    Black algae can be the bane of pool ownership. The spores enter swimming pools through the air and can take root in the plaster of an inadequately chlorinated pool. These roots, along with the waxy protective barrier it forms around itself, make it particularly difficult to remove. When it comes to black algae, an ounce of prevention is worth two tons of cure. Anyone who has ever dealt with a black algae infestation can attest to this. It is far better to avoid black algae by focusing your efforts on maintaining the proper chlorine (FC) level according to your pool’s CYA along with a weekly brushing of the pool surface and, for those of you with seasonal pools, by following our recommended closing and opening procedures located on this page: Pool Equipment.
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    It is important to be aware of the calcium hardness (CH) level of your water. The CH level is especially important for pools with surfaces below the water line that contain calcium, such as plaster, pebble, gunite, concrete, quartz, tile, or stone. But all pool owners need to control their CH level to some extent.
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    In this article we will help you determine if you have Organic Stains caused by leaves or debris or Inorganic Stains caused by iron or copper. Then we will help you remove the stains and prevent them in the future.
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    It's a sad truth that owning a pool sometimes means having a leak either in the pool itself or in the plumbing and filtration system. These leaks can come in three varieties, one that draws air into the plumbing system and two that allow water to leak out of the pool, the first of these being the plumbing and the second being a leak in the pool vessel itself.

    What we'll do here is tell you how to identify which kind of leak you have and how to find it's probable source - you can then post a more specific question on the forum about your leak and get better responses as to what you should do.
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    What it is - One of the most common mechanical pool issues, a suction side leak can be difficult to find. The effect is just like using a straw with a hole in it. A suction side air leak shows itself most commonly by bubbles and splashing and frothing in the pump basket This indicates your pump is not getting the water it needs to function smoothly but, instead, air is getting into the system and starving or semi-starving the pump. The pump basket can have absolutely no water whatsoever (that's when it "loses prime") or it can have a mixture of water and air frothing around, or it can be a stream of tiny bubbles.....often easy to overlook. In any case, it is still an air leak and should be fixed.
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