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Now that spring is well under away, things are really greening up all over outside. Do you have a green pool as well? While new green growth on plants and trees is always a welcome sign, it’s a different story where your swimming pool is concerned. The reason why you’re seeing that green pool is generally due to algae. Algae can be introduced to swimming pools by everything from wind to swimsuits, and colonies or “blooms” of it do very well in water temperatures over eighty-five degrees. While these blooms usually don’t pose a health risk to swimmers, they can quickly clog pool filters and permanently stain and discolor pool surfaces. Algae’s fine in a pond, but it shouldn’t linger for long in a swimming pool. Is removing it a DIY job?

There are certainly many products that pool owners can buy to treat discolored and infested water. And after using them they often discover that they have a green pool. DIYer efforts to correct pool problems effectively often fail because owners don’t diagnose the problem or treat it correctly. So what do professional pool services recommend to end those green pool blues?

1. Prevent Algae Blooms In The First Place
This means diligently covering the pool nightly, checking and cleaning pool filters on a regular basis, and checking the pool’s water PH and chlorine levels every few days. If water chlorine levels drop to below 1,000 PPM, algae blooms can quickly form.

2. Balance PH Levels
You need a PH level of 7.8 to effectively treat algal blooms. To increase PH levels, turn on the pool pump and add sodium carbonate. To reduce levels, add sodium bisulfate.

3. Filters
Make sure filters are working and are clear of debris, then allow them to “backwash” the pool by running them for twenty-four hours.

4. Clean Pool
Without draining it, remove all visible algae with water skimmers and by scrubbing pool walls and all visible surfaces in addition to hidden crannies.

5.”Shock” Pool
Add chemicals to “shock” surviving algae. Follow directions carefully. Multiple applications may be needed for large algal blooms. If chlorine levels have fallen below 5.0, it may be necessary to add an algaecide as well.

6. Check and Clean Filters Daily
Dying algae may be pulled into and clog filters during this process.

All of this work can be avoided with frequent inspections and maintenance. To ensure that it’s done right, call The Pool Master Service today for an estimate, and keep the green in nature this summer and out of your pool.

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