homeowners are under the impression that all they have to
do is say a few magic words like "Abracadabra," snap
their fingers, and their pool will be crystal clear and
ready to use instantaneously. Unfortunately, this
not the case. A pool does require some work and
a little diligence. Most pool owners encounter a green pool
point in time. Whether it be just after opening the pool or
during the heat of summer, there are many variables that contribute
to turning a pool green or "swampy". Use the information
below as a basic guideline to aid you in clearing up your
If there is any large debris on the pool floor, remove it
leaf net, not a hand skimmer. Initially, this will stir
up the water, and may make your pool look much worse temporarily.
stirred up debris will settle within a few hours. DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO VACUUM THE POOL IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE BOTTOM
OR IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF DEBRIS ON THE BOTTOM. YOU MAY CLOG
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 (a PH level of 7.2-8.0 and
alkalinty level of 80-120) or the water will never clear.
Shock the pool, multiple times daily, if possible. This means super chlorinating
the water to kill off any bacteria and algae. If your pool is very dirty,
chlorine (shock) over several days before the water begins to clear. 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
either a cloudy white, light green, or clear color. YOU CANNOT OVER SHOCK
A POOL !!! The more you add, the quicker it will clear !!!
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 multiple times a day until the pool clears. THIS IS NORMAL !!!
You cannot over backwash a pool filter either. The more you run your pool,
more you backwash the filter, the faster the pool will clear up. If you have
filter, remember to add new D.E. to the skimmer closest to your filter after
each backwashing. A D.E. filter requires more attention than a sand filter,
but the D.E. filter will clear a green pool approximately 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. Also, you want to
avoid spending a lot of money on chemicals that will be futily wasted because
the pool will never clear up if the filter
is not working properly. If this is the case with your pool, have the filter
have a sand filter, it may mean having the sand changed. It
should be changed approximately every three to four years. So, keep that
in mind. If you have
a D.E. filter, you may need an acid washing of the filter. This is where
all the grids and fingers of the filter are cleaned with muriatic acid
and removing all of the D.E. that is caked inside the filter
Once the water does clear up, you will most probably see some debris on
the pool floor in the form of dead leaves, algae, etc. If there is only
a small amount of
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
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 pipes.