When Your Swimming Pool is Green

If your pool is sporting a green or murky tint, odds are, something about your filtration system is not working. If your pool is green or clouded, do not swim in it. It could either be a chemical imbalance, which would be bad for your skin, or a problem with your pool pump. Either way, swimming in a bacteria-infested pool is not a good idea and should be avoided.
In this blog, we will discuss a step-by-step process of how to clean your pool in order to get rid of that green-ish hue. We hope that by reading this blog, you will have a better understanding of how to clean and filter your pool. By finding out how to clean your pool properly, you will be able to fix any future problems with your pool’s water quality. If cleaning your pool regularly, or keeping up with any pool maintenance, proves to be too much for you, contact a professional pool cleaning maintenance service.

Swimming Pool Cleaning Service

Swimming pool maintenance costs can rise quickly, especially if you let your pool get too far gone. Meaning, if you notice that your pool is getting clouded or green and do nothing, the costs of fixing the pool will amplify. For example, if your pool is “too green,” it will need to be drained and acid washed. This, of course, is by far more expensive than a routine cleaning and pool chemical change.
When it comes to determining if your pool needs any chemical treatment, you should be able to see to the bottom of the pool. If you can see at least six or eight inches below the surface of the water, you will need to chemically treat your pool. If your pool is green, clouded, and not transparent, you will need to have your pool drained.

Test the Water

If your pool is turning a green color, or has already turned green, there is probably little to no chlorine in the pool. Testing for the amount of chlorine in the system is important because it will confirm if your pool problem is merely chemical or something much deeper.
If there is not much chlorine in the system, the pH balance will be off in your pool’s water. pH is important because it will determine whether the water will be clear or cloudy. If the pH is high, or basic, your pool water will be exceptionally clouded. When you test the water, you will want the water to read slightly acidic, or lower in number. Swimming pools should be around 7.2 in chemical balance or lower. Once of the easiest ways to help your pool is by adding chlorine to regulate the pH balance and repeatedly “shock the system.”

Shocking the Pool

“Shocking” your pool is a fancy way of saying to put more chlorine into your pool system. Don’t worry about putting too much chlorine in your pool. If your pool is clouded or green, it will need the chemicals to help dissolve the bacteria that has built up in the water and on the sides of the pool. After you’ve added 10 gallons of liquid chlorine to your pool, you will then have to inspect the pump and filtration system of your pool. If the chlorine doesn’t completely help your pool, your filtration system may have a malfunction. Swimming pools need filtration. Without a working filtration and pump system, the pool’s water is stagnant, which can bring on a bacteria outbreak (green water).

If you are unaware of your filtration system, you may need to do some research. Pumps and filtration systems are all different and can vary by model. For example, there are three types of filtration systems: Diatomaceous Earth filter, a sand filter, and a cartridge filter. If you don’t know about your filtration system, contacting a professional might be a good idea.

AmeriTex Pool Services

At AmeriTex Pool Services, we have professionals on staff that know all about filtration systems, pool chemicals, and any other pool maintenance services. If you are clueless about the health of your pool or just don’t want to deal with the headache of figuring out the problem on your own, it is best to hire a professional. If you are interested in our services, contact AmeriTex Pool Services today.