water is green. I think I have algae, what should I do?
Is it a
good idea to drain my vinyl liner pool and start with fresh water?
I reduce the chances of my water going cloudy or green?
never drain a pool with a liner. The water is what is holding the liner
in place. Once the pool is empty the liner will shift and shrink
and will not fit properly when refilling the pool. There are other ways
to get your water looking fresh again.
The 3 things
that prevent algae growth is:
the longer you leave you pump running the better it is for your water.
We recommend you leave your pump running 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Swimming pool pumps are made to run constantly. It is actually cheaper
for the hydro to run the pump constantly then it is to clean up an algae
problem that may occur from lack of circulation.
As soon as your pump is shut off, not only do you loose circulation but
you also loose filtration. Keep an eye on your filter to make sure it is
running properly and that sand filters are backwashed when needed.
It doesnít matter what system you are using, weather it be chlorine, bromine,
or a salt water system, be sure to always have the proper sanitizer levels
in your pool. This will keep algae at bay.
Also if you
have a solar blanket, be sure not to leave it on longer than 2 days straight,
especially in really hot weather. This smothers the water and increases
the chance of algae growth.
pool is green or yellowish on the floor or walls, or green cloudy, or white
cloudy, you have algae.
If the water
is clear but has a greenish tint you may have copper in the water.
Have a water test!
In order to
kill the algae, double or even triple shock the pool. Add Erase or Polyguard
to the pool. This will kill the algae plant.
Hook up the
vacuum hose and head without the pole and put the head in the deep end
of the pool, hookup the vacuum hose into the skimmer this may speed up
the clearing of the pool water.
pool on waste or drain. NEVER vacuum on filter or backwash, and only when
the pool water is clear.
If the pool
does not clear in 48 hrs. put PowerFloc into the pool. This will drop the
cloud to the bottom of the pool. Then follow the vacuuming instructions.