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RE-OCCURRING ALGAE

WHICH PRODUCT FOR RE-OCCURING ALGAE?

This depends on the level of phosphate in your pool! At the start of the season if the level is above 2ppm (2000ppb) then we recommend treating with our most powerful product Starver® X. Once you get the level down to 1.2ppm (1200ppb) then we recommend using Starver® as part of your regular pool maintenance regime.

STARVER® X

Lo Chlor Starver X

Starver® X is a superior strength phosphate remover for swimming pools, fountains and ponds. This uniquely formulated curative solution is designed to remove higher levels of phosphate than any other product. It’s compatible with all pool treatments and equipment and even increases efficiency of all sanitisers and salt water chlorinators while also enhancing water clarity.

STARVER®

Lo Chlor Starver

Starver® removes phosphate from the water which are the major food source for algae in pool water. Starver® is most effective when treating phosphate levels below 2ppm (2000 ppb). By reducing the phosphate level in your pool water you reduce the demand, meaning your sanitiser and algaecide last longer.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN THE CURE
If all you do is treat your current algae infestation and not the underlying cause, then algae will keep reappearing at three weekly intervals. REMEMBER NO PHOSPHATE = NO ALGAE

WHAT CAUSES ALGAE TO GROW IN POOLS?

Algae Spores – are always present in the air. The everyday management of a swimming pool includes preventing these algae spores from germinating.

Low Chlorine Levels – If the Free Chlorine level has been allowed to drop below 3.0ppm in Summer, for whatever reason, then an environment has been created that will promote algae growth.

High pH – Algae prefer swimming pool water with a high. One reason is that Chlorine is much less effective as the pH increases.

High Phosphate – Even if the Free Chlorine level and water balance are OK the presence of phosphate will encourage algae to grow. Phosphate is one of the main food sources for algae and can be introduced into your swimming pool from various sources including lawn and garden fertilizers, decaying vegetation, municipal water, cosmetic items on bathers and even other pool chemicals.

Poor Water Circulation – Algae will grow in certain areas of the pool where the circulation is poor. Such areas tend to be on the steps, in the corners, in cracks and crevices and between the pebbles in pebble pools. These areas are sometimes known as “dead spots”.

Lack Of Brushing – Most types of algae need a surface to cling to therefore weekly brushing of the walls and the bottom of the pool will help prevent this.

No Superchlorination – Superchlorination by definition is the addition of a three times the daily dose of Chlorine to the pool every two weeks. The main reason why you should superchlorinate is to burn out Chloramines, which are ammonia compounds present in the water. Chloramines provide Nitrogen for algae growth and also use up Free Chlorine residuals in the water. Superchlorination will also kill algae spores.

MORE ABOUT RE-OCCURING ALGAE

Re-occurring algae is a common problem with over 60% of swimming pools suffering with this symptom during the summer season. The simple fact of the matter is that killing algae is only the first stage and you have to understand the underlying reason why algae keeps growing back.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ALGAE IS KILLED?

Algae is a living microorganism and when the cellular structure is destroyed using traditional methods, such as Chlorine and Algaecides, its food source is released back into the water. This food source is known as Phosphate.

WHERE DOES PHOSPHATE COME FROM?

Phosphate is the one of the main food sources for algae and can be introduced into your swimming pool from various sources including lawn and garden fertilizers, decaying vegetation, municipal water, cosmetic items on bathers, and even other pool chemicals.

HOW DO I PREVENT RE-OCCURRING ALGAE?

The best way of eliminating the risk of re-occurring algae is taking out the phosphate after your initial algae bloom. This is achieved by using one of our phosphate prevention and removal products. The ideal time is on commissioning your pool on Spring open up. You should test your source water for phosphate using a suitable test kit and if you have a phosphate reading then you should use one of our phosphate products throughout the season.

WHICH LO-CHLOR PHOSPHATE PRODUCT IS BEST?

This depends on the level of phosphate in your pool! At the start of the season if the level is above 2ppm (2000ppb) then we recommend treating with our most powerful product Starver® X. Once you get the level down to 1.2ppm (1200ppb) then we recommend using Starver® as part of your regular pool maintenance regime.

ISNT THIS JUST ADDING MORE COST TO RUNNING MY POOL?

This is far from the truth as phosphate actually creates what we call “demand” for other pool chemicals such as chlorine and algaecide. By taking out the phosphate you reduce the demand which means that your chlorine and algaecide last longer as there is less work for them to do. Typical savings on chlorine and algaecides are around 35% during a season thus saving you money and introducing lower amounts of harsh chemicals into your swimming pool water.

SO TO STOP RE-OCCURRING ALGAE I JUST NEED TO STARVE ITS FOOD CHAIN?

Yes, it is as simple as that and that is why our products are called Starver®. You must also ensure that post treatment you maintain the correct water balance parameters, including the use of a registered algaecide, to ensure your water is kept in perfect condition.

WHY SHOULD I USE A LO-CHLOR PHOSPHATE REMOVER?

Lo-Chlor Chemicals is recognised as the global leader in phosphate removal since the launch of Starver® in the mid 1990’s. Our advancements in this area has changed the way we treat algae in domestic and commercial swimming pools. We recognised many years ago that phosphate levels were a growing problem, and will continue to be so, due to the use of orthophosphate in our incoming source water supply. That is why in 2013 we developed Starver® X, our strongest phosphate remover to date, to tackle this problem head on. Our Starver® phosphate removal technology is now sold in more than 50 countries worldwide and its popularity has seen it become universally recognised as the most revolutionary and effective speciality chemical to reach the pool and spa market to date.

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