How To Get Rid of Algae

By Subodh / June 4, 2011

Algae are a slippery green substance that is found on lawns and patios. It also can be found on walkways, outside staircases, inside aquariums, and inside swimming pools.

Moss oftentimes grows in a similar manner and in similar locations as does algae. It might take some effort to remove these substances but it is still possible.

Algae and moss removal tips are shown below for three major problem areas:

1. In gardens and courtyards. Leaving algae and moss grow unattended can cause these living organisms to grow into awful-looking clumps. You will notice it by the way it discolors surfaces on which it grows.

You will for instance see it on flower pots, brick walls, and terraces. In addition to causing unsightly appearances, it can be slippery and dangerous when walked on.

One step you can take at home in your garden is to rake and disturb the garden soil. You could also use a gentle moss killer product you would like such as Bayer Advanced 2-in-1 Moss and Algae Killer.

You could also use any non-scrubbing product that serves a similar purpose. The scrubbing product as described above can be used on lawns, fences, staircases, or anywhere else the algae and moss grows.
If you have huge moss and algae problems in your garden or courtyard area that is too tough to handle on your own, you can call a professional. This may be also the safest way to take care of the situation because professionals know best how to protect themselves.

2. On the roof. On the roof, algae and moss often look small but are very visible. They may even look like a sponge, and they do act as a sponge. They actually absorb moisture up to four times their weight.

One cleaning tool needed for this job is the Moss B ware that has a watering can. Read the instructions for preparing this roof cleaning mixture very carefully.

The above mixture you would create typically calls for three pounds per five gallons of water measurement. Before you use this mixture, consider very carefully the job you have to finish. It could take awhile because you need to pay attention to each shingle.

Another very important step you could take to clean your roof is to dust the ridges with a sulphate monohydrate powder. You need approximately three pounds of this substance for every 600 square feet of roof area.

This powder once applied can be then allowed to dissolve naturally. This substance will then spread throughout your roof and into the ridges. Gradually, after three to four weeks of wet weather the moss and algae is poisoned.

Afterwards, you can then hose down or sweep this loose substance. Then, if you notice that some algae or moss is left behind and clinging to the roof repeats some of the above steps.

3. In the swimming pool-If you are planning a party you are not likely to want to present to your guests a pool with green moss or algae growth on the floor or walls.

A shock chlorinated treatment sold in granules is ideal for this purpose. The end result is a raise in chlorine levels that kills off algae and moss. You can also remove quite a bit of the algae and moss by brushing the walls and the floor.