How to Clear Up a Green Pool.
There are only three things that will clear up a
green pool: Your filter system, your pool chemicals and you !
Unfortunately, there is no magic way to turn a green or black pool clear
overnight ! It usually takes a lot of time, effort and money to clear up a
typical "swampy" green pool. It is certainly best if you never let your pool
water get this dirty, however most pool owners experience a "green pool problem"
from time to time.
Although it is not easy work, there is a proven method
of clearing up a green, black or very dirty pool in the shortest time possible.
Follow the instructions below for the best results.
Remove most of the
large debris from the pool floor with a large leaf net (not a hand skimmer!).
This will stir up the water, and may make your pool look much worse temporarily,
but the stirred up debris will settle within a few hours. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
VACUUM THE POOL IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE BOTTOM OF IT OR IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF
DEBRIS ON THE BOTTOM. YOU MAY CLOG YOUR SKIMMER, FILTER OR UNDERGROUND PIPES !
Adjust the pH and Alkalinity levels of the water using pH Plus, pH Minus
and Alkalinity Plus. These levels must be within the proper ranges or the water
will never clear.
Shock the pool. This means super chlorinating the
water to kill off any bacteria and algae. If your pool is very dirty, it may
need MANY gallons of liquid chlorine (shock) over a period of days before the
water clears. Start off by adding 3 or 4 gallons, and if you see no results
overnight, add 3 or 4 more gallons the next day. Continue this process until you
notice the water changing color to either cloudy white, light green or clear.
YOU CANNOT OVER SHOCK A POOL ! The more you add, the quicker it will clear !
Note...shock is available in liquid or powdered form, but we recommend using
liquid (it works faster). You may also want to add a high quality algaecide to
the water at this point.
Run your filter 24 hours a day and backwash 3
or 4 times a day for quickest results. Green or cloudy water will quickly clog a
filter, therefore you may have to backwash your filter many times a day until
the pool clears. THIS IS NORMAL ! Remember, you cannot over-backwash a pool
filter. The more you run your pool, and the more you backwash the filter, the
faster the pool will clear up. If you have a D.E. filter, remember to add new
D.E. to the skimmer closest to your filter after each backwashing. A D.E. filter
is more work than a sand filter, but the D.E. filter will clear a green pool
about 50% faster than a sand filter.
If you follow these instructions
and your pool does not clear up within 4 or 5 days, your filter may not be
functioning properly. If this is the case with your pool, have the filter system
checked out by a professional. The pool will never clear up if the filter is not
working properly !
Once the water does clear up, you will most probably
see debris on the pool floor (dead leaves, algae, etc.). If there is only a
small amount of debris present, you may want to vacuum it up using your own pool
vacuum system. If there is a lot of debris on the pool floor, you should have
the pool professionally POWER VACUUMED. This will save a lot of wear and tear to
your filter system, as well as assuring that no debris gets clogged in your pool
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