Having a swimming pool is great because you can always use it anytime but you can’t opt out of the regular maintenance to keep it clean and safe. One of the problems that you may face is green water that’s caused by algae from the imbalanced chemical level. Chlorine kills algae, however, if the level is not ideal, then welcome green water. Other factors that can cause green water are broken filtration systems, visible debris, and weather conditions.
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How to Clear Green Pool Water
Below we have a simple tutorial that you can do to clear green pool water using bleach.
Swimming Pool Size
The water capacity of your pool will determine the amount of bleach you have to use so you get the right amount for optimum resul. You can use your phone to:
- Search for a website that provides an online pool volume calculator.
- Fill in the dimension of the pool.
- Click enter and you get the volume of the pool.
- After knowing the colume, you’re can buy the bleach as you need.
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Chemical Level Check
Always check the chemical level of your pool because doing the job with imbalanced water will only cause you more time, money, and longer process.
- You can use either pool a testing strip or tester kit for more accurate result but with quite complicated step.
- Make sure that the chemical level is between the ideal range which is:
– pH: 7.2 – 7.6, so if your water level is lower or higher than this, the chlorine won’t be able to work well.
– Cyanuric acid: 20 – 50 ppm (parts per million). This helps chlorine to sanitize the water.
– Free chlorine: 1 – 3 ppm. If it’s below this number, algae can grow freely in the water.
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Add the Bleach
The basic rule is that 10,000 gallons of water will need around 8 quarts of bleach. Before starting the job, please make sure:
- Choose the right time. We recommend doing the job around the evening since excessive sunlight exposure may break the concentration of the bleach.
- Add the bleach slowly over the return jet of your pool. You don’t need to dilute the bleach.
Check and Wait
Once the bleach is added to the pool, you can wait for the result for around 1 to 3 days depending on the severity of the problem. At the same time, you also need to keep checking a few things like:
- The chemical level of the water.
- Scrubbing the floor and wall of the pool to clean the dead algae.
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Please note that bleach only works for green algae so if you spot one with a black or yellow appearance, you might need a more complicated solution. If you’re not sure about something, don’t hesitate to ask for a professional’s help.