Should I replace the water or fight the green stuff?

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

Should I replace the water or fight the green stuff?

Postby Skids » Mon 11 Jun, 2007 03:46

Hi all, I filled our 16000 litre (approx 3500 imp' gallons) above ground pool (15 foot dia) and placed an order for some pool chemicals the other week. I am still waiting for the chemicals and the pool water is now very green. Should I attempt to clean the water with the chemicals (if and when they arrive) or should I empty the pool and start again with freash water or should I do a combination i.e. drain 50% off and replace with tap water?

Some of the posts on this web site advocate the use of domestic bleach in a pool - is this safe and are all domestic bleachs the same (i.e. H2O2 hydrogen peroxide).

Many thanks, in anticipation, from the east side of "the pond"


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Postby Buggsw » Mon 11 Jun, 2007 21:56

Get some bleach in there pronto. Regular Chlorox is usually 6% strength. Pool store chlorine is anywhere from 10% to 12.5%.

Some off brand bleaches are anywhere from 3%-5.25%.

You'll need about a gallon of 6% to shock your pool. Run your pump 7/24 until it clears.

Test and add bleach if necessary, daily.

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