Our mild winter and warm spring has helped create a few green pools. Here is our 7-Step Guide to getting your pool back to blue…in about a week!
1. Remove any visible debris (leaves, worms, etc.) from the top and bottom of the pool.
2. Have your water professional tested at Olympia Pools & Spas. We will give you the perfect recipe to balance your water’s pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. Improper pH and alkalinity levels will reduce the effectiveness of the chlorine shock used to clear the algae from your water. *If just opening your pool allow the water to circulate for 24 hours prior to first test.
3. Brush pool walls and bottom. Algae must be loose and unattached for chemicals to work properly.
4. Elevate sanitizer level, add algaecide, and run 24-hours a day:
- For a Chlorine pool
- Add OP Shock IT, at the rate of 1-gallon per 10,000 gallons of pool water
- Fill up your floating chlorinator with tablets
- Add 16oz. AlgaeBomb 60 per 10,000 gallons
- For a Baquacil Pool
- Add ½ gallon CDX (through skimmer) per 10,000 gallons of pool water
- Add Oxidizer, at the rate of 1-gallon per 10,000 gallons of pool water
- Add Sanitizer & Algistat to reach 30-50ppm
5. Once your pool reaches the “milky white” appearance (usually the next day), it is important to vacuum the dead algae from your pool and to backwash the filter.
6. A clarifier, like our Eco Clear, would be beneficial at this point as well to help clear the cloudy water quickly!
7. Bring in a water sample to Olympia Pools & Spas for any further balancing or assistance in clearing the water – 48 hours after step 4 is completed.