October 14, 2018

Fixing a Green Pool Quickly

This past weekend we closed our above ground pool. We haven't used it much since Labor Day, but have been too busy closing the pool. The problem was that the pool has turned green because we haven't added any chlorine in the chlorinator. Before closing the pool, we wanted it to be in decent condition.

Color Pool

Getting the Pool Back to Shape Quickly

Here's what we did to get the pool from bright green to near crystal clean in about 24 hours:

I backwashed the filter for about a minute and then ran the filter for about 30-seconds.

Ran the Filter/pump for an hour to get the pool circulation moving.

Added 4 bags of Chlor Brite Di-Chlor Chlorine Shock. I applied the shock directly into the pool near the out filter pool return so it would spread around the pool.

24-Hours later I added 2/3rds of a bottle of the "Pool Mate 2 Lb Super Algae Destroyer for Swimming Pools." This can be purchased from Ocean State Job Lot or Walmart. (Currently selling for $10.99 at Ocean State and $24.99 at Walmart)

I let the pool run non-stop for 24-hours. I disable the timer settings so that it wouldn't accidentally get turned off.

The pool looked in great shape after 24-hours. It would be better if I ran the automatic pool cleaner (Diver Dave). I decided not to as the intent was just to get it clear for the closing. When the pool opens in the spring, I'll run the automatic pool cleaner to get it better shape.

Just before the Pool Cover Went On

The key thing I learned was to let the pool run non-stop for 24-hours. That seemed to make a big difference in getting the pool back into great shape.

I'll post pictures of the pool in the spring - probably sometime in May 2019

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