Green Pool 101: How to Get Rid of Algae Once and For All

Green WaterHaving a sparkling, clean swimming pool is not an overnight magic. It requires dedication and resources to resolve a marshy green pool. Some may say that getting a green pool could be the worst problem a pool owner may have. It could be but you don’t have to fret much about it. There are ways to solve the green pool problem and today, you will learn the proper method once and for all.

Maintain Pool Water Chemistry

Maintaining water balance of your swimming pool is important to ensure health and sanitation in and around your pool. This will also save you more money to avoid unnecessary maintenance or repair cost.

There are a lot of elements to consider when maintaining water chemistry. But the basics are total alkalinity, calcium hardness, saturation index, and pH level. It is important to test your pool’s water chemistry every week because your pool water changes from time to time.

To maintain pool water chemistry, remember the numbers:

  • Total alkalinity level of a swimming pool should be 100 ppm
  • Calcium hardness level should be between the range of 200 to 400 ppm
  • Saturation index or the total number of dissolved solids in the pool should be low. Once you have recorded 3000 ppm or more, drain a little and add some fresh water
  • pH level of a swimming pool must be between the range of 7.4 to 7.6

Chlorine Shock and Algaecide

Green pool is usually inhabited by bacteria and algae. To get rid of these, you need to chlorinate your pool a little stronger than usual – about 10 ppm which is 10 times stronger than the required minimum. This process is known as chlorine shock. Try to add three to four gallons first and see the effect. If nothing has changed, add more the next day until such time that you see the water turns clearer.

Adding algaecide can help, too. However, not all types of algae problems in the pool can be treated equally. Hence, it is important to know the type of algae problem you are dealing with. The most common and the easiest to treat is the green algae, which is the common culprit of a green pool.

Filter Cleanup

The core element of a clean pool is a good filter system. If you don’t have a good filtering system, your pool water will never clear up despite the efforts mentioned above.

To solve the green water problem, operate your filter for 24 hours. Since green water can easily block your filter, it is important to backwash for at least 3 to 4 times in a day for best results.

By following these steps, you can be sure you won’t be seeing that ugly green water forever.

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