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White Water Mold can re-contaminate long after it appears that it has been removeded (includes pool toys, floats, ladders, steps, fountains, automatic pool cleaner parts, skimmer baskets, weirs, directional fittings, garden hoses, lights - as shown above, etc.)
Even small quantities of Water Mold can lead to a re-establishment of the problem. WWM is typically caused by improper water & pool maintenance, environment, as well as poor circulation.
WWM is an "overgrowth" of naturally occurring Biofilms found on pool surfaces & hiding in areas that are not easily accessible to regular cleaning such as pipe lines, ladder & handrail tubing, underneath drop in steps, light niches, etc. Read more about Biofilms here.
EXTRA INFORMATION: If you're not using AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets, USE THEM! AquaFinesse continually removes the bio-films that grow on ALL pool surfaces leading to Pink Slime & White Water Mold. AquaFinesse is 100%compatible with ALL pool water care systems.
It prefers areas that are "dark" (not exposed to direct sunlight) & with "slow moving" water.
White Water Mold is often (but not always) found alongside of"Pink Slime".
White Water Mold IS NOT CAUSED BY USING ANY BIGUANIDE PRODUCTS (Soft Swim, Baquacil, Polyclear, etc.)! It is an environmental issue.
Prevention of "white water mold" is preferred over treatment. Follow these steps to help prevent white water mold:
1. Physically brush & clean ALL Pool surfaces weekly, including ladder steps (especially underneath each step) & rails
2. Expose ALL pool surfaces to as much sunlight as possible (sunlight & UV are natural oxidizers)
3. Remove the lid from the skimmer to allow sunlight into the basket for several hours each day ** INGROUND POOLS MUST USEEXTREME CAUTION in doing this in order to avoid a person falling into or otherwise injuring themselves due to an open skimmer.
4. Regularly add oxidizing chemicals into the skimmer to purge & clean the filtration lines of any bio-film*
5. When adding make-up water from the garden hose, allow the water to run for 2 to 3 minutes before putting the hose into the pool - this will flush out "loose" pieces of biofilm or mold or slime that would otherwise enter the pool.
6. Regularly clean pool toys & floats (use BioGuard Stow Away or Natural Chemistry Cover Cleaner)
7. Regularly clean the pool's solar blanket (use BioGuard Stow Awayor Natural Chemistry Cover Cleaner). Pools utilizing automatic covers should be removed & cleaned twice yearly.
8. Chemically clean the pool filter every 4 to 6 weeks (use BioGuard Strip Kwik, Kleen It or SoftSwim® Filter Cleaner or Natural Chemistry Filter Perfect)
9. Add regular Maintenance dosages of "Shock" & Algicide every 2 to 3 weeks as prescribed
10.Use Aquafinesse Pool Water Care tablets, Optimizer Plus® & NaturCare Enzymes as a preventative measure (if you're on a budget, your primary defense is AquaFinesse; the other 2 products are recommended in heavy or severe cases).
11. Run the filter a minimum of 12 hours daily to prevent "dead spots" in the pool
12. Remember to clean & rinse the brushes, hoses & vacuums that you use to clean the pool
13. Leave as much of your pool equipment exposed to the sun as possible
14. Keep the water balanced at all times. Recheck after heavy usage or rain or large "top-offs" of new water. Water balance refers to Free Available Sanitizer level, pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness. Improperly balanced water leads to all kinds of problems.
White Water Mold (WWM) is a naturally occurring fungus (this is NOT a form of Algae; it is animal not vegetable), that has a white mucous or tissue paper-like substance (sometimes called "toilet paper syndrome").
WWM forms a heavy, protective coating providing the organism with an unusually high level of protection that is very resilient as well as resistant against halogen based (chlorine, bromine) & non-halogen (such as hydrogen peroxide) sanitizers, oxidizers or germicides.