Algae Problem...Please Help!

Algae problems in swimming pool water.
Green (cloudy) water or slimy pool walls.
Black algae. Mustard algae. Pink or white pool mold.
Sbilz
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Algae Problem...Please Help!

Postby Sbilz » Sun 25 Mar, 2007 09:42

I took a peak under the cover and the bottom of my pool is covered with algae. Stopped by a couple of places and haven't gotten a straight answer from anyone and what I've been told its going to cost me big bucks to get rid of the problem. Do I really have to lay out all this money in chemicals that only they can put in? Then they have to come vacuum it out because if I do it is going to clog my pipes and mess up my filter. Don't add anything with out running the filter but I can't run the filter or I'll have a bigger problem. Also was told that maybe I should drain it and clean it that way but again someone else says you should never drain a pool.

So I'm really confused on where to even start. I've read something about just adding bleach and vacuuming it waste. Do I need to do anything before doing this or do I just take the cover off and dump it in? The pool came with the house so we are fairly new at all of this...it will be our third summer.

Sarah


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Postby dynamictiger » Sun 25 Mar, 2007 16:26

Hi Sarah

Sorry to hear you are getting conflicting advice from so called experts.

The filter clogging thing refers to D.E. filters. The pipe clogging thing is bs.

I would remove the cover. Increase the chlorine level to 20 mg/l. wait 24 hours and if the pool is cloudy hit it again, until I can vaccum to waste. That should do the trick for you.

HTH
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Postby Sbilz » Mon 26 Mar, 2007 16:58

I have a sand filter so this shouldn't effect me.

From what I see you can add 1 gal of bleach for 1000 gal of water. Is that correct?

Will give it a shot this weekend.

Thanks
Sarah
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Postby Sbilz » Sun 01 Apr, 2007 15:26

Ok. I killed the algae and the water doesn't look green any more. I vacuumed a lot and it looks a lot better. Have let it sit but Its still cloudy....Now what?
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Postby dynamictiger » Sun 01 Apr, 2007 16:31

Keep the chlorine high and run the filter non stop. Add some clarifier if you like to speed the process up, and have the water re-balanced properly.

HTH

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