Phosphates are chemical compounds containing phosphorous. Phosphorus is a non-metallic element that is necessary for life and also functions as a plant nutrient. Phosphates are one of the nutrients that algae need to grow, and remain after algaecides have killed the algae. For this reason, it is important to kill all the algae before starting a phosphate removal procedure.
A small amount of phosphate can enter your pool from detergents or soaps, plant fertilizers, skin, source water, animals, soil and plants. It can even come through the air from the dust of phosphate mines.
A Pinch A Penny expert can determine the phosphate levels in your water, or you can use a Phosphate Test at home. From this, you may determine that you need to lower the level of phosphates in your pool.
Suncoast Super Phosphate Remover is the strongest, most concentrated phosphate remover on the market. 1 quart removes up to 9,000 ppb (parts per billion) of phosphates in 10,000 gallons of water. Additionally, you can swim immediately after application.
Super Phosphate Remover is also a great product to use on initial new pool use or opening.
For specific directions and application amounts, please refer to the product label, or talk to an expert at your local Pinch A Penny store.