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How do you clear up the water in a swimming pool when it is green caused by too much metal in the water?
You need to add a metal sequestering agent or chealating agent. Do not use copper based algecides as they will only add to the metal problem A: What the above answer neglected to say was that you need to run your filter 24/7 until the water is crystal clear and if this is a plaster pool then add 4 gal of 12.5% strength liquid Chlorine. Brush the walls and floor thoroughly a minimum of 2 or 3 times per day for the next 2 or 3 days while maintaining your high chlorine levels. It would not hurt to use some Yellow Treat by United Chemical of Calif. in the process. Be sure to have plenty of liq. chlorine on hand as this product will consume most of the already added chlorine. This will be absolutely the least expensive and quickest way to a usable pool. Be sure you are starting with a clean filter and clean it as necessary as it gets dirty. Some filter types will not hold much dirty algae laden water. If Yellow Treat is not available in your area use Yellow Out ( another brand). It took you a while to get the pool into this shape and it will take almost as long to get it back into shape. The best and safest way to remover the copper in the pool is by using ALUM, the same alum used to make pickles, found in the spice section of your grocery store. It is safe to swim in no waiting time.
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NO NO A LITTLE BIT of algae isn't going to hurt you. If you ever swim in a lake, river or ocean, there's algae present there. You probably even carry the algae home on your sw…imsuit. But the pool needs to be treated as soon as you notice it, since a pool doesn't have the properties of moving natural water to keep the algae under control. It's an ongoing battle to keep enough chlorine in the water to avoid algae, while not putting to much chlorine. The EPA states the limit of chlorine exposure to humans should be no more than 4 parts per million. So don't just dump load and loads of chlorine in to solve your problem. A retail pool store can test your water and advise how much chlorine and/or algaecide is needed to get rid of it. You may need to get the chlorine up to 5 ppm to kill the algae. Just wait until the level drops below 4 ppm before you swim again.
Answer Alage, Alage, Alage, you need to control it, and once you do your pool will be sparkling clean Response to this ridiculously useless answer: First of all, i…t is "Algae", not "Alage". And last I checked it wasn't a proper noun, so capitalizing each time is not necessary. This answer is horrible. Could you be any LESS specific? How about some tips on HOW to control algae? Second, we figured out our problem on our own, for anyone who is interested, and it is NOT an algae problem. Our pool is surrounded by trees, and the greenness of the pool was caused by tree debris that was so small (probably from all the freaking shock everyone kept telling us to put in) it went right through the filter (even after replacing the sand). We finally got a useful tip to try pool floc. You put it in the water, and within 24 hours it causes debris to clump up and sink to the bottom of the pool. We vacuumed to waste, and voila, clean sparkling pool. Let this be a lesson to all... sometimes it is NOT a chemical problem. Everyone and every site kept saying "you need to shock it," or some other worthless tip about raising or lowering the pH/alkalinity. We had a filter problem, so if your pool is green, and you've spent a small fortune shocking your pool, try thinking outside the "it's the chemicals" solution that is always given.
If your pool water turns green after it is shocked with chlorine, it is too basic. Algae can thrive there now and it is green. Add pool acid (it may require several gallons) a…nd check the pH of the water frequently, adding more, if needed. If it gets too acidic, you can add some baking soda (which is basic) until you reach the desired pH - slightly below neutral. Neutral is pH7.0 answer : if you used well water you have metals in your pool take a test water sample to your pool dealer and have it checked for metals and he will advise what to do next
If your pool water is clear and there is no algae on the bottom I would suggest testing the pool water for metals. Sometimes the prescence of copper will give your pool a gree…nish aqua color. Another tell tale sign is if you shock your pool and it instantly turns a shade of lime green usually signals a metal issue. Copper can come from your heater (heat exchanger) so it would behoove you to make sure you keep your pool balanced especially PH and Alkaline levels as very low levels will eat copper heat exchanges causes them to shed the metal into the pool and leak. Other metals give off colors as well, such as iron-brownish red, manganese-pink, red, black or brownish black and cobalt red, blue, gray or black. Well Water, and a load of leaves that decayed all winter in the bottom of the pool are other causes of metals. Hope this helps. www.prospectpoolsllc.com/blog or www.prospectpoolsllc.com Or, if the water is clear and there is no algae on the bottom, an algae bloom is in the beginning stages. If you don't treat it soon, it will be considerably darker green the next day. Shock your pool with perhaps a heavier dosage than normal. Leave the pump on 24/7 until blue color has returned. Then backwash the filter, or if cartridge filter, remove the cartridges and clean thoroughly. For any pool-related questions, feel free to contact me at anjeli-klean.com
A general answer for a very general question: shock, brush, vacuum, and algaecide.
You need to add chlorine. I doubt in the above answer that chlorine will clear up a "blue water" situation. BTW, is the water or the pool surface - floor, walls etc - blue - t…here is a huge difference. The blue affect on the plaster could mean a greatly out of balance chemistry - pH and Total Akalinity. Never heard of the water turning blue unless there was an additive put into the pool that would purposely turn the water blue. If you're asking about the pale blue colour of swimming pool water, it's because water absorbs light. Light that is visible to humans comprises the seven colours of the spectrum. The light at the red end of the spectrum gets absorbed, but the blue does not, hence you can see it in water of sufficient volume.
You need to shock it and test the pH. there is a product called shock it especially for that. If it keeps getting green even after put chlorine in it you need to adjust the pH….
Ad an algaecide
No, the water is dirty. It can make you sick. Wait til the pool is cleaned before going in.
Not necessarily. If pool water has recently been shocked, the chlorine level may be too high to swim even if the water is clear. Shocking can result in 10 ppm or more of chlor…ine. The EPA deems up to 4 ppm as safe. Swimming occasionally in a highly chlorinated pool may not be an issue for adults. But excessive chlorine has been known to trigger asthma attacks in children. Also, you should rinse or bathe immediately after swimming to avoid irritated skin from the excess chlorine. A general rule for applying all chemicals to a pool is to wait a minimum of 3 hours before swimming. That gives the chemicals time to dilute and be distributed evenly in the pool. The exception to that rule is high chlorine, which is described above.
Keep the chlorine level consistently above 2 PPM and maintain the PH at 7.2. Keep your filter on constantly and back wash it as necessary until the water is clear. After that… always make sure that the chlorine is at least 1 PPM and always check the pH to make sure it is around 7.2. You can run the filter for around 2-3 hours every 8 hours and that should keep your pool clean. Hatawa
Use this formula to calculate water volume: When you are having your water tested on a regular basis, they will usually ask you what your water volume is. You also need to k…now this so you can adjust your chemicals as needed. There are some simple formulas to figure out water volume. For a rectangle, multiply your length (in feet) times the width (in feet) times average depth (in feet) times 7.5. For a round/oval, multiply your length (in feet) times the width (in feet) times average depth (in feet) times 5.9. If your pool is freeform, you will be somewhere in the middle. Does your pool resemble a rectangle more, or an oval more? Once you choose a formula, you may have to adjust a bit if your pool has smaller areas or larger curves outside the length and width that you used. Of course the way to know the exact volume of water your pool takes is to have it filled with a water truck which can only fit so many gallons onto their truck, or if you have metered water, fill the pool and you'll see what you have been charged for.
Pool water that has a higher concentration of COPPER will tend to turn light colored hair slightly green. The copper could be from a number of sources including: naturally… high copper content in your local water; high use of copper-based algaecides; high water pH; use of ionizers, etc. Some people believe that you can remove some oxidized metals from your hair by using shampoos which contain the chelating agent EDTA (ethylenediamene tetracetic acid). Others believe that Washing your hair in warm water containing dissolved aspirin will have a similar result. Personally, I cannot say if either of these suggestions will work or that they won't damage your hair further. I include them here for information only. I would advise you or the pool owner to monitor the amount of dissolved metals in the water and add a chelating agents to the pool to neutralize or remove metals from the water before they have a chance to be absorbed by your hair. ...
The water turned green probably due to algae growth. The algae grew due to a lack of santizer (chlorine or other). While the alage was growing, other bacteria or organisms pro…bably also grew, you just can't see them. Therefore, it generally isn't recommended to swim in a pool while it's green because the water may not be entirely sanitary. This is true even if the chlorine level is sufficient. You have to give the chlorine enough time to kill everything. Hope this helps ...
1273 miles away and we have the same problem!!! how bizarre is that? I just bought 'SUPER FLOC OUT' for our pool...we had a major mudslide one stormy night (even running the …pump for week straight didn't clear it up). One quart of FLOC OUT for a 40,000 pool made the little particles of mud 'group together' so the filter could collect it - it's worked for us! XXXOOO MUD! With record rains this past May, a flood completely covered our in-ground pool, filling it with mud (and corn stalks, leaves, you name it!). It was so thick at the bottom that we broke two poles and a vacuum head! It was so turbid, you couldn't see the pool light - even at night. Because of high ground water, we couldn't drain the pool. Thanks to this site, I got an idea of what to do (there isn't a lot out there about muddy pools!) We have only had our pool for two years now, and I am not an expert. I also do not have any affiliation with any pool or chemical companies, but will share what I used and what I did. Step one: Tried to let the filter clean it. That was like spitting on a forest fire. Left the filter off for the duration. Step two: Vacuum to waste. I had to do it by feel since I couldn't see the vacuum head as soon as it broke the surface of the water. I did this for three days, refilling the discharged water each time. Step three: I tried a Sun flocculent product with disappointing results - but some results all the same. Used double the dose - two quarts for 30,000 gallons. More vacuum to waste Step four: I ordered extra strength flocculent (Water Warehouse). AMAZING results. I used four quarts for 30,000 gallons (Quadruple the dose). It still took several days of letting the mud settle, vacuuming to waste and refilling daily in between. Once the bottom was clean and I could see through the brown, we ran the filter. Step five: Treated the filter (sand filter)with a "Filter Helper" by Haviland. Used the whole container - dissolved and administered through the skimmer In three days, the water was crystal clear. Total duration for the ordeal: Two weeks. It would have been shorter, I believe, if I had had the extra strength flocculent up front. Thank you for this site! I couldn't have gotten through it without your advice!
Answer Try 24 hr filter cycle and more chlorine. And clean the filter frequently. k