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How To Clean Your Green Pool The Right Way?

It's the height of summer and you're ready to take a dip in your pool, but when you get there you realize that it's green! What do you do? How can you clean your green pool and make it usable again? Don't worry, we're here to help. In this article, we will discuss the best ways to clean your green pool so that you can get back to swimming as soon as possible!

How To Clean Your Green Pool The Right Way?

The most important thing to remember when cleaning a green pool is that you need to be patient. It will take some time and effort, but eventually, your pool will be clean again. Here are the steps you need to take:


The Removal Of Organic Debris

This should be clear since organic waste in the pool, such as leaves, branches, insects, and anything else, will begin to decompose and circulate bacteria. By removing organic debris first, you will make life easier for the pool's filtration system and ensure that any pool chemicals applied will not be hampered by debris, as well as speed up the breakdown of debris in the pool. This has the added benefit of preventing or at least slowing the growth of any algal spores that are currently in the water. Be careful not to disturb the water too much, as this may allow bacteria to spread.


Assessment Of Pool Water Chemistry

After that, you'll want to use a pool testing kit like this one to acquire a baseline for your pool's chemistry, looking for bromine, acid demand, chlorine, pH, and total alkalinity. You can take a sample of your pool water and get it tested at your local pool store if necessary, but they recommend taking a sample 12 to 18 inches below the water's surface and doing so in the morning before the sun burns off the chlorine.


Shock The Pool Water

To shock a pool properly, you must first understand how to shock a pool and what happens when you do so. Even though it's called "shocking" a pool, what you're really doing is raising the chlorine levels above what they should be. This helps to eliminate any remaining bacteria and algae that may have remained after the organic waste has been removed. It's important to remember that this will usually fog the water, but it should clear out within 24-48 hours. It is recommended that a pool be shocked at night to avoid UV interference and that the pH levels be between 7.2 and 7.4 for the best results.


Pool Filter And Vacuum

After your pool has been shocked and the algae have died off as a result of the shock or algaecide, it's time to filter and clean your pool. Vacuuming the pool before running the filter makes the task easier for the cartridge, sand, or Diatomaceous Earth filter because if done incorrectly, you may need to have your pool pump replaced by a professional. Many pool specialists agree that the pool filter should be run constantly for at least 24 hours and that the filters should be back washed to prevent obstructions from entering the filtration system.


Keep Up With Proper Pool Maintenance

After all of your hard work has paid off and your pool is no longer green or hazy, it's time to focus on a daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance schedule. If you're new to pool maintenance, this Beginner's Guide to Swimming Pool Maintenance is a good place to start. Make sure to backwash your filters on a regular basis, as well as skim any debris that may have fallen into the pool.


Clear Swim Pool Care can help you keep your pool clean. When was the last time you cleaned it? It’s important to maintain a healthy balance of water chemistry, filter out organic debris and remove algae with shock treatment. If all that sounds like too much work or if you need some advice on what chemicals to use, give us a call today! Our team is happy to answer any questions about how best to care for your green pool so that it stays crystal clear during those hot summer months.

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Maintaining a healthy pool involves much more than just your basic cleaning. A healthy pool requires a complex understanding of chemistry, water & the principles behind balancing it. That's why your friends here at Clear Swim Pool Care are Licensed and PCCR & CPI Certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, and much more. We utilize the latest pool maintenance technology, saving our clients up to 50% in monthly pool energy costs using high-efficiency and variable-speed pool pumps, as well as pioneering the use of healthier alternatives to chlorine and other harsh chemicals. In this regard, we use salt-based chlorine and disinfection systems that are safer for you and your family. We proudly serve Birmingham, Alabama, and the surrounding communities of Hoover, Vestavia Hills, and Mountain Brook. Contact us today to request a free quote or water analysis.  We look forward to working with you!

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Do You Need a Professional Weekly Pool Cleaning Service You Can Trust?


Maintaining a healthy pool involves much more than just your basic cleaning. A healthy pool requires a complex understanding of chemistry, water & the principles behind balancing it. That's why your friends here at Clear Swim Pool Care are Licensed and PCCR & CPI Certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, and much more. We utilize the latest pool maintenance technology, saving our clients up to 50% in monthly pool energy costs using high-efficiency and variable-speed pool pumps, as well as pioneering the use of healthier alternatives to chlorine and other harsh chemicals. In this regard, we use salt-based chlorine and disinfection systems that are safer for you and your family. We proudly serve Birmingham, Alabama, and the surrounding communities of Hoover, Vestavia Hills, and Mountain Brook. Contact us today to request a free quote or water analysis.  We look forward to working with you!