So Can I Use Bleach

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

Postby cashnighter » Tue 20 May, 2008 19:33

I have a swamp in my back yard not a pool. And I have been reading that bleach can be used instead of the oh so pricey shock.

So do I have it right can I use bleach the same bleach we wash whites with. Plain old Clorox. And it wont damage my system.


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Postby chem geek » Tue 20 May, 2008 20:59

The answer is yes if it's unscented bleach at reasonable strength such as 6% -- Clorox Regular or an off-brand Ultra bleach. Be sure to pour it slowly over a return flow with the pump running and then lightly brush the side and bottom where you have poured to ensure mixing. See this thread for an example of how a pool upon startup can be cleared of algae using chlorine alone. You can read about clearing a pool full of algae here .

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Postby cashnighter » Tue 20 May, 2008 23:44

Does it matter the type of wall I have white plaster walls.
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Postby chem geek » Tue 20 May, 2008 23:51

Nope, that doesn't matter. It's more important to pour slowly and mix well when you have a vinyl pool, but avoiding the dumping of concentrated chemicals quickly in one place is something for all pool types.
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Postby cashnighter » Wed 21 May, 2008 19:15

How many gallons do you suggest I use to get rid of all the algae in my 16,000 gallon pool. Mind you there is alot of it .
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