Swimming Pool Algae & Opening A Pool..HELP!!

by Les
(Canada)

Question about Swimming Pool Algae and Opening a Pool.


I paid someone to close my pool last year as I am new to salt water pools. This year after reading up and understanding it is no more difficult than our old clorinated pool, I decided to do it myself.

I took the top off and I found a green-black mess of pool algae.

What should I do to clean this out? I am loath to spend money on something someone obviously did wrong in the first place?

Thanks for your question Les

I know I'm going to get many questions about this in the near future.

The first thing I would do is call the person or company and talk to them. Explain your situation and see if they can make right what they did. They may be willing to work with you. If you had a contract when them, take a look at that and see if any guaranties or promises were made.

Obviously I don't know exactly what they did so I can't say what they did wrong, if anything.

To clear up your swimming pool algae, as your described it, you can go to these links:

Remove Swimming Pool Algae..Green..Chemistry..Care..Cloudy Water

Swimming Pool Green Pool Water..Algae..Chemistry..Care

This will give you a good run-down of what you need to do. Pool algae is not uncommon in opening up a pool in the Spring.

Watch you water level as well. Sometimes when people vacuum to waste they will allow the pool water level to get too low and this can cause issues with the filtration, especially when there's more than 1 skimmer, so keep the water level between 1/3" - 1/2" up from the bottom of the skimmer.

For your salt water swimming pool you can go here:

Salt Water Swimming Pools..Saltwater Chlorinator..Pool Chlorine..Care..

And for your chlorine generator maintenance:

Swimming Pool Chlorine Generator..Salt Water..Chlorinator..Chemistry

Get a Taylor Reagent K-2005 or 2006 test kit.

Swimming Pool Water Testing Kit..Chlorine Level..Chemistry..

Congrats. if you already have one. It's the one I've used for years, and the one most pool professionals use, not to mention the Board of Health when they come and test public pools.

Clearing up a mess of green swimming pool algae is not fun, especially when your looking forward to swimming in the Summer. Take you time, think about the issues at hand.

Use the above links and you'll be well on you way to having a great pool.

All the best

Robert

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Shocked The Pool & Still Having Swimming Pool Algae

I shocked the swimming pool but it's not removing algae from my 15,000 gallon pool.

I read where bringing my pH levels down to correct levels will help in getting rid of algae.

Whats the answer

Terry

Thanks for your question Terry

I frequently get questions regarding swimming pool algae and green pool water. In this case I would need to know a little bit more information.

Did you shock correctly?

What level was the chlorine after you shocked?

Are you sure you reached the super-chlorination level of 10ppm - 12ppm?

Are you using a Reagent FAS-DPD K-2006 pool water testing kit?

How long did you wait after you shocked to make the conclusion the pool shock didn't work?

Are you filtering 24/7? What kind of swimming pool filter do you have and and has it been backwashed, recharged with the right amount of DE, or pool cartridge filters cleaned?

What was the pH level when you started the shock?

Unfortunately with the limited amount of information provided to me I can only give limited answers.

Go back to these pages:

Remove Swimming Pool Algae..Green..Chemistry..Care..

Swimming Pool Green Pool Water..Algae..Chemistry..Care

Adjust Your Swimming Pool Chlorine..Chemistry..Salt Water Maintenance..Inground

Swimming Pool Shock..How To.. Calcium Hypochlorite..Chlorine..Care..Maintenance

to see if you missed anything.

Or, when you get the answers to the questions above i can help out a little more.

Thanks and good luck with your pool

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Swimming Pool Bluish-Green..High Chlorine & High pH

Question about possible blue-green swimming pool algae. High pool chlorine and pH level...

Our inground swimming pool has cloudy water and is a bluish-green after being crystal clear.

Took a water sample in and was instructed to add calcium hardness and stablizer (didn't do it at the same time) since additions pool has been cloudy.

Have brushed and vacuumed to remove dust and left Polaris on. Instructed to leave pump continuously for 1 week and backwash daily for 3 days. I have done that and now the pool has a slimy residue and the pool water tests high in chlorine and high in pH.

HELP!

Thanks for your question

By what you have told me, it sounds like you might have blue-green swimming pool algae.

Blue-Green Algae..Swimming Pool Chemistry..Care..Problems

You can go to the above link to give you the best method in taking care of this kind of swimming pool algae.

I would recommend a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2005 or 2006 pool water testing kit. This one is the most accurate.

Pool Water Testing Kit..Types Of Test Kits..Swimming Pool

Concerning your high pool chlorine and pH levels, I'll need a little more information on that. What are the actual readings? Also, why were you told to add calcium chloride?

As for the stabilizer, or cyanuric acid, (CYA), you'll want to keep that between 20 - 40ppm after you get the pool chlorine level between 1.5ppm - 3.5ppm.

Adjust Your Swimming Pool Chlorine..Chemistry..Salt Water Maintenance..Inground

You will want to first get your readings in line with the information found here:

Swimming Pool Tips..Maintenance..Above Ground..Inground..Care

Swimming Pool Chemistry..Care..Inground Maintenance..Salt Water..Weekly..

Next is to do a good pool shock:

Swimming Pool Shock..How To.. Calcium Hypochlorite..Chlorine..Care..Maintenance

It is a good idea to leave your swimming pool filter and pump motor running 24/7 and backwash. You'll want to do this to help clear up any residual pool algae and get the system back in working order.

Look over the above links and they will give you all you need to get your swimming pool up and running again.

Get rid of the blue-green pool algae and have a great Summer.




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Swimming Pool Algae Has Taken Over Our Pool....And Our Lives!

by Nikki
(Connecticut)

Question about Swimming Pool Algae and the best way to clear it up...

Last year, my husband and I bought our dream house. We were so excited because the house has a pool and we love to entertain. Neither of us had experience with pools and long story short, we had a green swimming pool all summer.

It seemed like once the first bit of pool algae came it never left and it kept getting worse and worse. We spend hundreds of dollars on chemicals and just as many hours vacuuming it. We were at the pool supply store several times a week. But it seemed that no matter what we did, we were never truly able to get rid of it.

By the end of the season we were so frustrated we just closed the pool and vowed to deal with it next year. Well now that year has come and we are way over heads.

We don't know where to start to get rid of all the dead algae and what to do to make sure that this doesn't happen again this year. We are willing to do the work and spend the time on maintenance so that we can actually use our pool this year.

I think we should just drain it and start over but my husband is afraid that the heat will damage the liner if there's no water in the pool.

Please help us!!

Thanks for your questions Nikki

I really feel sorry for home owners in your situation. I've been in alot of backyards with green pools and the new owners are frustrated and concerned about their investment turning green.

First you need to be sure the pool water level is correct, about 1/3 - 1/2 up from the bottom of the skimmer.

Clean or backwash your filtration system, depending on what you have.

Swimming Pool Sand Filters..Inground Maintenance..Above Ground..Care

Scoop out as much debris from the pool as you can using a good leaf rake, not a blue skimmer.

Be sure the skimmers and/or drains are clear of any debris, as much as you can.

Get a Taylor Reagent FAS-DPD K-2005 or 2006 pool water test kit. You local pool store will either have this or they can get it.

Swimming Pool Water Testing Kit..Chlorine Level..Chemistry..

Next, get the total alkalinity and pool pH level in line.

Swimming Pool Tips..Maintenance..Above Ground..Inground..Care

Swimming Pool pH Levels..Chemistry..Alkalinity..Water..Care

Pool Alkalinity In Swimming Pools...Chemistry..Care..pH..Cloudy Pool Water.

Once you have those in order it's time to really shock your pool. Get your pool pH level down to about 7.0ppm because swimming pool chlorine is more active and efficient at a lower pH level. I don't see the size of your pool in your question so this link will help:

Swimming Pool Shock..How To.. Calcium Hypochlorite..Chlorine..Care..Maintenance

If the swimming pool algae is really bad I would do 1 1/2 times the amount of pool chlorine. Bring the chlorine level up to 15ppm - 17ppm.

Once the pool algae starts to die it will probably turn white and you'll have cloudy pool water. This is normal so just keep filtering 24/7 and backwashing once per day.

These are excellent links for clearing up green pool water:

Remove Swimming Pool Algae..Green..Chemistry..Care..

Swimming Pool Green Pool Water..Algae..Chemistry..Care

It might take a few days for the water to become clear, but it will through proper filtering and backwashing.

With swimming pool algae the main issue is to get the chlorine level up high enough to kill off the algae. You basically have to "put the hammer down" so to speak, and then work from there.

You pool chlorine will start to naturally decrease due to the sun and heat.

Once the pool water has cleared you can work on getting your cyanuric acid level (CYA) in line;

Adjust Your Swimming Pool Chlorine..Chemistry..Salt Water Maintenance..Inground

and keep it there with Tri-chlor chlorine tablets.

Swimming Pool Chlorine Tablets..1 Inch..3..Care..Chemistry

Once your swimming pool is right you can keep it crystal clear using the right swimming pool maintenance tips.

Swimming Pool Chemistry..Care..Inground Maintenance..Salt Water..Weekly..

I hope this helps. Let me know when you can again swim in your pool. You can also keep me up-to-date on your progress and I know that other readers will have the same issues of green pool water and swimming pool algae.

All the best

Robert









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