Green cloudy pool.......

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

Green cloudy pool.......

Postby LillyPie » Wed 03 Jun, 2009 11:54

Hi everyone,

I am not a new pool owner but am having troubles and I keep seeking money in my pool. I do not understand all the testing and results that you are supposed to do on your water so for the last 3 years I have been keeping chroline tablets in my floater and pouring in 1 gallon of bleach in my pool every week and never had a problem at all. I have a 24x52 above ground pool that hold app 12,481 gallons of water, 2500 filter pump, with skimmer. I live in the Carolinas.

I went on vacation for about 2 weeks and I got back on 5/20 of 09 and my pool water was dark green. So I changed my filter and bought 4 gallons of clorox bleach and poured them into the pool and also stirred the water afterwards and brushed the hole pool. In the morning the pool was blue again but cloudy so I added a clarifier about three ounces(thats how much the bottle said) and waited for the next morning. It was better where you could see the blue pattern on the bottom but not all the way.

I had to go out of town 4 days ago and asked my hubby to keep up with the pool and what not. When I got back he didnt do nothing and now my pool is back to being green and this is the first time I have ever noticed that there is a smell coming from the water. So I went to the pool store and bought more chroline tablets and put 2 in the floater and I also poured 3 1 gallon bleach in the pool and again stirred it and brushed it again. This morning there is no differnce. So I added 2 more gallons of bleach to the pool and vacuumed what I could see and brushed and stirred the water again. Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong if I am and how to clear up my pool.

I am sorry about not giving you any numbers on the water but I dont understand that at all. I guess I am just dumb when it comes to that.

Thanks for any kind of help.

Lilly


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Green cloudy pool.......

Postby Denali » Wed 03 Jun, 2009 23:36

LillyPie wrote:Hi everyone,

I am not a new pool owner but am having troubles and I keep seeking money in my pool. I do not understand all the testing and results that you are supposed to do on your water so for the last 3 years I have been keeping chroline tablets in my floater and pouring in 1 gallon of bleach in my pool every week and never had a problem at all. I have a 24x52 above ground pool that hold app 12,481 gallons of water, 2500 filter pump, with skimmer. I live in the Carolinas.

I went on vacation for about 2 weeks and I got back on 5/20 of 09 and my pool water was dark green. So I changed my filter and bought 4 gallons of clorox bleach and poured them into the pool and also stirred the water afterwards and brushed the hole pool. In the morning the pool was blue again but cloudy so I added a clarifier about three ounces(thats how much the bottle said) and waited for the next morning. It was better where you could see the blue pattern on the bottom but not all the way.

I had to go out of town 4 days ago and asked my hubby to keep up with the pool and what not. When I got back he didnt do nothing and now my pool is back to being green and this is the first time I have ever noticed that there is a smell coming from the water. So I went to the pool store and bought more chroline tablets and put 2 in the floater and I also poured 3 1 gallon bleach in the pool and again stirred it and brushed it again. This morning there is no differnce. So I added 2 more gallons of bleach to the pool and vacuumed what I could see and brushed and stirred the water again. Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong if I am and how to clear up my pool.

I am sorry about not giving you any numbers on the water but I dont understand that at all. I guess I am just dumb when it comes to that.

Thanks for any kind of help.

Lilly


Hi,

Without the numbers it is hard to give advice. Perhaps a trip to a pool store with a water sample. Bring the numbers back and post them.

If I had to guess I'd say that your CYA level has gotten high so that what you once did no longer works. The chlorine tabs you use increase the CYA (stabilized). When the CYA level gets high, the chlorine you add is not as effective. So if you can have a pool store test your water we can find out if the CYA level has gotten too high.

It can all be confusing especially if the numbers have no meaning for you. But that is what forums like this one is for. There are many people with the knowledge of what the numbers mean here on the forum. Most are happy to help.
LillyPie

Green cloudy pool.......

Postby LillyPie » Thu 04 Jun, 2009 07:08

Thank you for answering. I took my pool water this morning to a pool store for testing. Here are the #'s which I have no earhtly idea what they mean and I didnt listen to the guy at the store. He tried to get me to buy about 400.00 worth of chemicals that supposly will clear my water.

Free Chlorine: 2.6
total Chlorine: 2.7
PH: 7.1
Cyanuric Acid: 0
Copper: 0
Iron: 0
Total Alkalinity: 130 ppm
Tested negative for algae


Since yesterday I have added 2 more 1 gallons of bleach in my pool and vacuumed and now I dont have any green it is blue but still very cloudy were you cant even see the bottom of the automatic skimmer. Should I add more water clarifier? Or wait?

Waiting an your replie.
Thanks soo much
Lilly :thumbup:
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Green cloudy pool.......

Postby LillyPie » Thu 04 Jun, 2009 07:35

Also, My father in law told me to get a tub of 3" tablets of Arm and Hammer clear Blue Pool Balancer, that I am supposed to put 1 tablet in my floater with the chroline tablets and that will help clear my water. Have you ever heard of this? I havent and I dont want to doubt him but I dont want to put something in my pool that I dont know what it is going to do.

I love this forum, it is great to get advice from everyone.

Thank,
Lilly :D
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Green cloudy pool.......

Postby chem geek » Thu 04 Jun, 2009 10:52

Arm & Hammer Clear Balance Pool Maintenance Tablets are nothing more than baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). It will do absolutely NOTHING to clear your water. It will only increase Total Alkalinity (TA) and possibly raise the pH a little.

Denali has give you good advice. If you want more education, please read the Pool School and start out by getting yourself a proper test kit, either the Taylor K-2006 you can get at a good online price here or the TF100 from tftestkits.net here with the latter kit having 36% more volume of reagents so is comparably priced per test.
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Postby Denali » Thu 04 Jun, 2009 11:21

Lily,

Your numbers are good except for the CYA level. I expected it to be high and it is listed at 0. Have you recently emptied the pool? Using the 3" tabs puts CYA into the water yet the pool store lists 0ppm.

Either their testing is inaccurate or you haven't used the tablets very long or you recently replaced the pool water.

You do need a certain level of CYA in the water otherwise the sun will destroy the chlorine you add rather quickly.

chemgeek gave you good info on the test kit you ought to have. Without being able to test you can only guess what the pool needs or rely on the pool store who will generally try to sell you piles of chemicals. Even if you don't know what the numbers mean when you use the test kit, you can bring the numbers online and get advice. The pool school that he pointed you to is a good place to get info. It's free, painless and you can learn at your own pace.

For now, keep up with the chlorine until the pool is clear. Getting the green out is step one. Clearing the cloudiness will happen by keeping chlorine level up and running the filter.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Green cloudy pool.......

Postby LillyPie » Thu 04 Jun, 2009 11:37

Thank you Denali and Chem geek.

First I will not buy the Arm and hammer. Thank you Chem for telling me that so I dont waste money on buying that.

And yes, I had to refill the pool when I found a small hole in the hose that goes from the pool to the pump and I didnt see it for probably about 2 weeks until I noticed the water level going down in the pool and a swamp around the table where the pump sits. I had to replace the hose.

So I will keep the chroline up and not put any other chemicals in the water and wait for the pool to clear on its own and I will keep everyone posted. And I will also buy the test strips also.


Thanks again so much
Lilly :thumbup:
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Postby LillyPie » Mon 08 Jun, 2009 18:44

Thanks to you guys I have a clear pool. My pool has cleared up soo much that I can see that I didnt vaccum enough :lol:

I am thankful for this forum and if I have any other questions I know where to come.

Thanks a million.
Lilly :D
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Postby Denali » Mon 08 Jun, 2009 18:51

LillyPie wrote:Thanks to you guys I have a clear pool. My pool has cleared up soo much that I can see that I didnt vaccum enough :lol:

I am thankful for this forum and if I have any other questions I know where to come.

Thanks a million.
Lilly :D


Glad to hear it worked for you. Enjoy the pool!
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Green cloudy pool.......

Postby LillyPie » Thu 11 Jun, 2009 15:29

Okay I have a problem again :crazy: , and need some advice to make sure I am doing everything right.

Today I went into the pool to vacumm the bottom. Now remeber my pool cleared up very nicely where I could see the bottom. As I started to vacumm up all the leaves and waste, my water started to turn green again. So I finished vacumming and I did get everything, I checked the filter and it was dark green. I put a new filter in the pump and I checked the floater to make sure there was enough chorline it did have enough. The water reeks of the chroline smell. Then I took my brush and brushed every little corner I could, walls, floor everything. Then I tested the water and these are the results.

Free Chlorine: 3.0
total Chlorine: 2.9
PH: 8.1
Cyanuric Acid: 30
Copper: 0
Iron: 0
Total Alkalinity: 135 ppm




I dont understand why my water turned green again after it was totally clear. What else do I need to do?
Do I leave my pool alone again and wait for it to clear up again? We have been getting a ton of rain here lately could that affect the water? HELP!! :problem:

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