Protecting Your PC From Algae Damage

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Algae in a Computer?

When there is water anywhere, there is a risk of algae growing but it is easy to keep an eye on and prevent any damage. Follow along to learn more about how algae could be growing in your PC and how to prevent it.

  • Clean, rinse, and completely dry all liquid cooling parts before installing them in your PC.
  • Avoid using distilled water as your main coolant, as it contains the bacteria that algae use to grow and prosper.
  • Do not use Kill Coil, a type of Silver metal strips, in a water cooling loop that has distilled water as its main coolant. The silver ions that makeup Kill Coil strips are likely not strong enough to prevent biological growth in your loop. The mixed loop already has several types of metal as is so it is best to not test this loop.
  • Do not experiment using different types of coolant that have not been market tested and proven safe to use. Without this type of testing, you cannot be sure that the coolant you are choosing has the proper biological inhibitors to prevent algae growth. This is just one of the many reasons you should not use an untested coolant but there are several others so we highly recommend avoiding such solutions.
  • Be tedious in the way that you clean, rinse, and wipe-down each of your liquid cooling products to be sure you are not creating the perfect environment for bacteria growth, which will not only damage your liquid cooling parts but possibly your PC as a whole.

Liquid Cooling Questions

Do you have other liquid cooling questions? Check out some of our other guides including building your own PC, swapping mounting brackets, liquid cooling a gaming system, and delidding your PC.  With any other questions, contact Spartan Liquid Cooling today!