by g
(Beaumont, Texas USA)

I have a saltwater pool 24 x 52, the saltwater system crashed and water has turn green.

What can I do until my new system is installed?

Thanks for your question

For your green pool water you'll need to shock the pool and bring the chlorine level up to a minimum 10ppm - 12ppm to get rid of the swimming pool algae. You can go here to learn how to do this:

Remove Swimming Pool Algae

Green Pool Water

Remember to turn off the chlorine generator. Don't add any salt to the pool because it will be just a waste of time, salt, and money. If you have high calcium hardness in your fill water, and being in Texas I'll assume you do, your best bet is to use sodium hypochlorite (liquid chlorine) for your pool shock.

Sodium Hypochlorite

Be sure these are in line for your pool shocking: Alkalinity 80ppm - 100ppm and pH 7.0ppm - 7.2ppm

You want the pH level down a little bit as the chlorine is a bit more effective at a slightly lower pH. You might need to dose your pool with chlorine to keep it between 5ppm - 8ppm for the next few days to be sure the algae doesn't come back. Check the chlorine level each day

Get a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2006 pool water test kit. It's the best one on the market.

Water Testing Kit

Go through these links, use them, and you'll have a great looking and clear pool when your new system arrives. Let me know how you do and best of luck



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Jan 05, 2015
Brown Algae Problem
by: Jill Grant

Ah ha! That is exactly what I got in my salt water pool too. When you say sweep, do you mean to take a brush and scrub the gunk off? I just want to be clear.

Jan 05, 2015
Clear Salt Water Pool..Nasty Floor..Brown Algae
by: Ann (Pittsburg KS)

My salt pool has a lot of trouble keeping the floor clean. There is brown algae stuck to it. A brand new automatic cleaner can't seem to do the job.

I don't know if its dead algae or alive and multiplying. It's brown with traces of green. The water is clear and beautiful, but ohhhh the mess on the floor!

Thanks for your question Ann

I have a great page on brown algae that I would encourage you to look at. This tells you exactly what you need to do in order to get rid of your brown algae problem.

Before you do a pool shock, be sure to turn off your chlorine generator. You don't want a high level of chlorine going through your chlorine cell.

You can have the best pool cleaner on the market, and still have brown algae or green pool water. If the algae is stuck to the bottom or walls of the pool, you'll need to sweep and shock.

Allow the filter to run 24/7 until the pool algae is gone. Be sure to get, if you don't already have one, a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2006 test kit. It's the best on the market and the one I use.

Just look at the link above and you should have the pool your deserve this Summer. Best of luck and let me know how this turns out for you.


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