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White Water Mold
White Water Mold (WWM) is a naturally occurring fungus (this is NOT a form of Algae; it is animal not vegetable) that resembles white mucous or tissue paper found all over pool surfaces. (also known as tissue mold, "pool snot" & other moniker...
WWM forms a heavy, protective coating providing the organism with an unusually high level of protection that is very resilient against halogen-based (chlorine, bromine) & non-halogen sanitizers or germicides
White Water Mold is a biofilm. Here's more about biofilm.
WWM can remain a contaminant even after treatment
WWM exists on the surface of PVC & ABS plastics
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 (biofilms, mold, & slime love to grow in garden hoses) minutes before putting the hose into the pool.
6. Regularly clean pool toys & floats (use Stow Away)
7. Regularly clean pool solar blanket (use Stow Away)
8. Chemically clean pool filter every 4 to 6 weeks (use Strip Kwik, Kleen It or SoftSwim® Filter Cleaner)
9. Add regular Maintenance dosages of "Shock" & Algicide every 2 to 3 weeks as prescribed
10. Use Optimizer Plus® as a preventative measure (the borates in Optimizer Plus are a natural fungicide)
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
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.
15. Regular use of AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets are a proven winner in preventing WWM.
Treatment of "white water mold" MUST BE QUICK AND TOTAL! DON'T SKIMP!
1. Clean all pool & affected surfaces as prescribed above.
2. Physically clean & remove all visible "white water mold"
3. Add an initial dosage of algicide to the pool*
4. "Shock" the pool with a triple or quadruple dose*
5. Run filter 24 hours daily until water is clear & halogen or peroxide levels are maintained at a "higher" level*
6. Chemically clean the filter
7. Bring in a fresh water sample about 4 days later for a retest & evaluation
8. Maintain Optimizer Plus® levels
9. Maintain good water balance of pH, Total Alkalinity & Calcium Hardness
10. Start off with a double dose of AquaFinesse Pool Water Care Tablets then follow the prescribed weekly dose.
*Follow the instructions given by your pool care specialist EXPLICITLY. Failure to do so could result in harm to you and/or your pool & its components.
NOTE: Once your pool has been "infected" with WWM, you will always have to deal with it; every year, every pool season. Because WWM is an environmental issue, it can never be completely eradicated. Pool owners who have stopped treating their pool because they thought they had the problem solved find out that that is not the case in as little as 2 weeks.
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Here's what some of our many customers have said regarding our treating WWM with AquaFinesse & NaturCare Enzymes:
"Thank you for once again helping me with my mold problem. This is my 4th year ordering from you and I love your product!" Most Gratefully, Jane R, Georgia
"Ron called awhile back asking about my pink slime situation: much better still have some periodically. The [AquaFinesse] pucks are amazing. thank you, Lene' (customer since 2011)" Lene' V., Arroyo Grande, CA
"Ron. I am so impressed with you and your company's willingness to help and educate pool owners, I went into the local pool store to buy a corner brush because I forgot to order it from you last week and the girl said they don't make anything like that (wow) and got upset when I asked about pink slime she insist that if you just over chlorinate you will get rid of it. I use Baquacil so chlorine won't work for me if it will work at all.
"I have been battling pink slime since I started topping my pool off with garden hose and now know why many thanks to you. Two days after first dose of aquafiness my pool looks and feels so much better." Sent from my iPhone. Tammy H., Bath, MI
"Ron, I just wanted to thank you for all your wonderful advice for our indoor pool. We had water mold in our pool and started using the AquaFinesse products. Within a week our pool started clearing up. Now it is crystal clear, and has not been this way for a long time. The water is so nice to swim in. I will continue to use these products in our pool. Thank you so much," Lori M., Columbus, IN
"Dear Ron, As you know when I talked to you at the end of June I had been battling an algae for all of last season. When we opened the pool in May of this year, the algae came back with a vengeance. I had been to numerous pool places in TN and MS trying to get rid of this, BUT no results. We were ready to shut the pool down and cover it. I read an article that you had written about algae so I decided that would not hurt to call someone else. I am so glad that I called you that day. You sent me the 2 products to get rid of the algae [AquaFinesse Pool Tablets & NaturCare Enzyme Cleaner], plus the CIRCULATOR jets and I paid only a fraction of what I’d already paid the other suppliers. Not only did your suggestions help, they CLEARED my problem. I love the Aqua Finesse that I started using after the algae problem cleared, and my water chemicals were right. I check the water everyday and my readings have been perfect since
"I am very impressed with your company’s expert knowledge and fantastic Customer Service. You DO take care of the customer after the sale, even if they are in the southeast US. I wish more businesses were like you.
"Ron, Thanks again for all your help and I will give you a call next spring to order my supplies. Have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thank you," Debbie C, Your Tennessee Customer
White Water Mold IS NOT CAUSED BY USING BIGUANIDES (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 USE EXTREME CAUTION in doing this in order to avoid a person falling into or otherwise injuring themselves due to an open skimmer.
Furthermore, Water Mold:
- can re-contaminate long after it appears that it has been destroyed (includes pool toys, floats, ladders, steps, fountains, automatic pool cleaner parts, skimmer baskets, weirs, directional fittings, garden hoses, etc.)
- small quantities can lead to a re-establishment of the problem
- is naturally occurring. Even the best cared-for pools can develop a bad case of WWM
- caused by improper water & pool maintenance, environment, poor circulation
- prefers areas that are "dark" (not exposed to direct sunlight) & with "slow moving" water