What it is &
what it looks like:
a naturally occurring fungus (this
is NOT a form of Algae; it is animal not vegetable)
mucous or tissue paper-like substance (sometimes called "toilet
Pink Slime normally occurs as a "kissing
cousin" of White Water Mold. We often times see Pink slime growing "on
top of" White Water Mold - as shown on the pump basket below.
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
can remain a contaminant
even after treatment exists on the surface of PVC plastics can
re-contaminate long after it appears that it has been destroyed
(includes pool & spa toys, floats, spa pillows, steps, hydro-jet
filter areas, skimmer baskets, weirs,
garden hoses, lights - as shown left,
etc.) small quantities can lead to a re-establishment of the
problem caused by improper water & pool maintenance,
environment, poor circulation prefers areas that are "dark"
exposed to direct sunlight) & with "slow moving" water is often
found alongside of "Pink
Spa mold gets a hold on your spa due to
the growth & spread of bio-films on spa surfaces. Get the details here.
White Water Mold & Pink
Slime ARE NOT
CAUSED BY USING BIGUANIDES (Baquacil, Soft Swim, 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
steps (especially underneath each step) & rails
2. Expose ALL pool surfaces to as much sunlight as possible
(sunlight & UV are natural
oxidizers - often not practical on indoor spas)
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
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.
6. Regularly clean pool toys & floats
7. Regularly clean pool solar blanket
8. Chemically clean pool filter every 4 to 6 weeks
9. Add regular maintenance dosages of "Shock" & Algicide every 2
to 3 weeks as prescribed
Touch as a preventative measure
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. Use AquaFinesse Pool Pucks to consistently treat & remove
the Bio-Film to prevent the growth of White Water Mold & Pink
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
5. Run filter 24 hours daily until
water is clear & halogen or peroxide levels are maintained at a
6. Chemically clean the filter
7. Bring in a fresh water sample
about 4 days later for a retest & evaluation
9. Maintain good water balance of pH,
Total Alkalinity & Calcium Hardness
Use AquaFinesse Pool Pucks to consistently
remove the Bio-Film to prevent the growth of White Water Mold &
Pink Slim (you will notice remarkable differences after about 2