white foam on pool surface

Algae problems in swimming pool water.
Green (cloudy) water or slimy pool walls.
Black algae. Mustard algae. Pink or white pool mold.
Toniangel96

white foam on pool surface

Postby Toniangel96 » Thu 10 Jul, 2014 11:53

My only question is: Why don't I read these forums before I make purchases. First when my pool turned thick green I purchased HTH Green to Blue. NEVER purchase this stuff!! You can never get it out of your pool!!! As if I hadn't learned enough lessons, the next time it turned Green I returned to a big box store and bought more HTH products this time I purchased an algaecide. The pool cleared overnight and for the first time in weeks I have a crystal clear pool, until this morning when I awoke to a pool full of foam!! UGH!! I never learn! Thanks for this information!


jimnbecky1

white foam on pool surface

Postby jimnbecky1 » Sat 23 Aug, 2014 19:38

i have been fighting a green pool all summer, we have a couple of leaks in the pipes due some the moron that had the house before us moved the filter and ran longer pvc pipes, 3 to be exact, 2 jets and 1 drain, hubby isn't home long enough to fix so we make do, i have kept it clear so far, i love HTH when used correctly, read the bottle and guess how many gallons, so far so good, finally got a little extra $$ and got more chemicals (ran completely out) i used the super concentrated clarifier and chlorine tabs, so far so good, put in liquid chlorine, algaecide and clarifier, now i have foamy pool, i scooped and scooped, and finally after reading all these comments i shut off the pump for a few hours, foam disappeared, just turned pump back on and will see how it goes(crossing fingers).
jimnbecky1

white foam on pool surface

Postby jimnbecky1 » Sat 23 Aug, 2014 19:41

Erndog wrote:hi, was wondering if its ok to swim in pool with the white foam while waiting for it to clear..?


i was in my pool scooping foamy white stuff, it wont burn or hurt anything. so i think it is ok. to each their own judgement
South Florida

white foam on pool surface

Postby South Florida » Tue 04 Nov, 2014 15:45

I am in the same boat. I triedskimming it out with the vacumn hose but just made matters worse. I'm sure it's the Aligicide I purchased from Home Depot. Never again... Looks like polar ice caps are melting from antiartica.
Watersifu

Re: white foam on pool surface

Postby Watersifu » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 14:01

If you have a saltwater chlorine generator and a high bather load this problem can happen. If you don't add enough enzymes to the pool to breakdown oils on the pool surface, the gasses that the generator releases will react with the oils on the pool surface and create foam. Contact the enzyme company to see what dosage you need, and if the problem persists you may have to up the dosage. It worked for me after first contacting chlorking and then they referred me to orenda our enzyme company.
davette59

Re: white foam on pool surface

Postby davette59 » Mon 22 May, 2017 11:49

I was having a problem with foam on top of my pool too.
Upon opening it was certainly the algaecide causing the billowing foam. However, since that has dissipated, there is still foam, but to a much lesser degree, and it seems to disappear as new foam replaces it. This is now more like bunches of bubbles grouped together. I noticed what looked like some air bubbles coming from the water jets below the surface. I then ordered a new O-ring (gasket) for the top cap of the automatic chlorinator. I cleaned all of the old built up grease on the cap and threads and installed the new ring with just a little new grease to allow lid to slip on the rubber. At last, the bubbles/foam was immediately gone.
So, air can cause a type of foam.
P.S. My pool guy had absolutely no idea what was causing the problem and told me to go buy some foam remover. Guess it's time for a new pool guy.

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