10 Ways to Clean a Green Swimming Pool

10 Ways to Clean a Green Swimming Pool

By now, you’ve probably seen this picture circling the internet:

Olympic Dive pool has Green Water Problem
Green Pool at the Rio Olympics 2016

This last week in Rio, the Olympic dive pool turned murky green over night, and it didn’t take long for the water polo pool adjacent to it to begin it’s new color transformation as well. Green swimming pools are a common problem, and the likelihood is that if you have a pool, you’ve witnessed something similar. We’re taking this opportunity to let you know the top 10 reasons why your pool might be off-colored, and instructing you on how you can clean your green pool. We also want to share with you the importance of cleaning and maintaining your pool on a regular basis so you never have to look at a green pool again, because despite it being a normal issue, green pools are 100% preventable.

Pool Infected with Green Algae
Green Algae

Green Algae

Green Algae is the most likely reason as to why your swimming pool is off-colored, and luckily, the easiest of the types to clean. In order to clean it up, brush the sides of your pool and shock the water so the chlorine level is at least 10ppm. Depending on the severity of your algae problem, it could take a couple of weeks of pool cleaning to get your water back to its sparkling self.

Swimming Pool Infected with Yellow Algae
Yellow Algae

Yellow Algae

Yellow Algae collects like pollen, and all equipment, toys, and bathing suits need to be treated. In order to clean yellow algae, brush the sides of your swimming pool and use “Yellow Treat” algaecide. You may have to repeat this process a few times in order to ensure a good clean for your water.

Pool infected with Black Algae
Black Algae

Black Algae

Black algae looks like mold and is the worst kind of algae, making it the most difficult to clean. In order to keep it out of your pool, you’ll need to sanitize everything (equipment, toys, bathing suits, children, etc.), brush the sides of your pool, use Banish for Black Algae, and repeatedly shock your pool. You’ll need to complete this process several times to make sure the algae is completely gone from your pool. And, if the task is too daunting, we can come to you and clean your pool for you.

Copper and Iron Infected Pool
Contaminated Equipment

Contamination from Equipment

If you’re cleaning your pool with equipment that hasn’t been treated for algae, then your equipment could be infected and covered in algae spores. Leave your equipment in the pool when treating algae-infected water in order to clean away every possible candidate. Look to us for quality pool repair and maintenance to ensure your pool stays clean and functional.

Dirty Pool Filter
Dirty Pool Filter

Dirty Pool Filter

Make sure you’re cleaning your filter regularly. Dirty swimming pool filters create poor water flow, which lets algae easily grow and thrive. Luckily, filters are easy to clean with a Filter Flosser, which will clean out every nook and cranny. And, as part of our cleaning and maintenance package, we will provide pool filter cleaning on top of helping you rid your pool of its green color.

Copper or Iron infect pool
Metals Turn Pool Green

Metals

Once in contact with chlorinated water, copper and iron can react and turn pools and surfaces green, brown, or both. Bring a water sample into your nearest Aqua Quip so we can help you diagnose your pool for free and put you on the right path to a cleaner pool.

Crowded Swimming Pool
Too Many People

Too many People

A heavy bather load can tax your chlorine leaving less of it to sanitize any contaminants brought in, making your pool turn green. To avoid this problem, try not to overcrowd your pool and make sure everyone washes off before and after getting into the water . This will keep dirt, oils, and debris out that might clog your filter and use too much chlorine.

Rain water increases need for chlorine
Pool Effected by Weather

Weather

Rain Water can change the pH balance in your pool by increasing the need for chlorine, and hot weather means warmer pools and ideal conditions for algae growth. After long periods of time without use or after heavy rainfall, come in for a free water test to see what you need to do in order to bring your pool back to life. And if you don’t have one already, a pool cover is a great investment, as it can defend your pool from the elements and keep your water nice and clear in any season.

Low Chlorine Levels turn Pool green
Low Chlorine Levels

Low Chlorine Levels

If you’re pool is green, it might be a result of low chlorine levels. A water test will help to identify which chemicals you’ll need to re-balance your pool so you can get back to swimming as soon as possible!

Party Pool Pool Dye
Party Pool Pool Dye!

Party Pool Water Dye

If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your summer pool parties, Party Pool Water Dye can color your pool red, green, blue, and anything in between! But don’t worry, you can still swim in this green pool!

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