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What should you do if you added chemicals to get rid of algae in your swimming pool but now it has white foam floating on top can i add more algeacide or will that make matters worse?
If not much foam, wait and keep running the filter. Ah, ha, you DID NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE LABEL. Now you'll just have to wait until it decides to dissapate. YOU ARE RUDE...........
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When I turn on my salt generator in my swimming pool it looks like a cloud shooting out of the returns foam is then on top of the pool if the generator is not on the foam clears why?
Foamy water can sometimes be an indication of too high pH !. Remember to check both the pH AND the Total Alkalinity. It may also be that scale has built up on your generator… cell. Turn off the system, remove the cell by undoing the Unions at each end, and clean the cell according to manufacturers instructions. Check the salt level also. If too high, lower the water level and add fresh water to reduce the salt %. Good Luck Greg M Simmons C.P.O. email@example.com
Chlorine is generally added to swimming pools and other water attractions in order to keep the water clean. Doses of chlorine typically come in small tablets.
Algae is a plant, and wants to grow in your pool for the same reason it grows in ponds, lakes, streams and oceans. Water is it's natural habitat. Although in its simplest …form, algae is not a health issue, it will lead to potential problems when it start attracting mosquitos, bacteria, etc. So the trick is to prevent it in the first place, or get rid of it as soon as you see it. Adequate (but not too much) chlorine will generally prevent algae growth, with some exceptions. One of those exceptions is the presence of high levels of phosphates. Phosphates are biologicals such as skin cells, decomposition of leaves, dirt or fertilizer blowing into pool, etc. This becomes food for the algae and allows the algae to fight off the killing power of chlorine. The advise below is assuming you have just a small bit of algae: Shock the pool with chlorine. Brush the algae off the walls and floor as best you can. Run your filter 24 hours. Brush the pool again to remove any algae missed the day before. Run your filter another 24 hours. Thoroughly clean your filters. Use chlorine neutralizer to bring chlorine level blow 5 ppm before swimming. Have your water tested for phosphates. Treat if levels are between 250 ppb and 2000 ppb. Higher levels will require partial draining. Your local pool store can give you additional advise on shock, phosphates and tell you if it is safe to partially drain a pool in your location. Never totally drain your pool unless you know the geological stability of the ground below your pool.
Primary course is to first kill the algae. Allot of shock. If it's green, use at least 20-25lbs initially. Brush it in and let run 24hrs. Drop PH with muriatic acid to at leas…t a 7.2. And, stock chlorine tabs in skimmers, floaters, etc to boost stabilized chlorine levels to at least a 3ppm. Once run 24hrs, add a floc agent. Run pump another 6-8hrs, then turn off and leave off. Dead stuff will settle in about a day. Then vacuum to waste sediment. Might take 2 or even three vacs letting settle after each attempt. Keep water level high until completed.
You can add dry acid to your pool when your pH is above 7.8
The Algae won't hurt you. But if the chlorine isn't killing the algae, then other microorganisms might be present also. But then, we grew up swimming in ponds and streams. Aft…er shocking the pool, the algae will take longer to dissipate, so I'd let the kids in 24 hours after shocking, even if the water is green. No it is not!!!!!! We just returned from a trip to Mexico and stayed at a high end Resort. The pool was beautiful but on three of the days there we saw algae in the pool. It was cleaned out with manual sweeping and I suppose chlorinated or shocked. When we got home I had this horrible itching that was unbearable. Nothing could be seen on the skin, but it was so intense I could not not stand it even to sleep. The doctor prescribed a cortisone cream and said it had caused a severe dermatitis that may lie dormant and will be activated by heat, hot water, and WAS caused by the unsanitary conditions that let the bacteria and such grow in this pool. Do not swim in algae filled pools Is there a mycologist in the house??? Greetings! I read this letter and replies quite closely as Oregons Willamette valley gets hit with the worst algae outbreak in recent memory . This is the first I've heard of algae causing dermatitis related problems. I remember coming out of streams and ponds covered with it down in S.C. Perhaps a strain that won't survive this far north? Allergic reaction I could understand. But those are immuno-specific and tied to the patient, not the organism present in the pool. But I am a lot more inclined to cast the questioning eye toward the sparkling water and filtration of the pool. The definitive answer is "it depends." Europeans swim in pools that have algae on the walls, yet also have a high ORP (oxidation reduction potential- as measured in millivolts of conductivity). The high ORP is usually due to the use of ozone, which kills viruses, bacteria and pathogens, and oxidizes bather waste (urea - sweat, urine & cosmetics - suntan lotion, hair gels, cream rinse, etc.). The short half life of the ozone does not allow the ozone to remain in the vessel (pool/spa) long enough to kill the algae. Thus their pools are sanitary & safe to swim in (no pathogens and sparkling clear), yet they have algae. The reader who got sick probably swam in a pool which had bacteria, viruses, and algae due to poor water chemistry maintenance. The best piece of advice that I can recommend... carry your own pool water test strips when you travel, and perform a test before swimming. I do this when ever I travel, and especially when using a public spa/hot tub. 2 rules to remember: 1: If your eyes burn after swimming, it's not due to TOO MUCH chlorine, it's from too little (chlorimines). (Or improper pool water pH).2: If you smell "chlorine" when you approach the pool or spa, turn around & go golfing. What you smell are chloramines (chlorine that's combined with bather waste, aka. combined chlorine), and that is an indication that there is not enough chlorine in the pool!! A high level of chlorine in a pool (even as high as 10 ppm) barely has a smell. And yes 10 ppm is safe to swim in - only hyper-sensitive folks might itch and cheap fabrics may bleach/fade. Remember: Most water chemistry problems, eye irritation complaints, and murky water are a result of too little chlorine! If it's a public pool and it's green, I wouldn't dip my finger in it. If it's your private pool, then it depends, I am not going to repeat the valid points above.. If you are a pool owner and looking for a solution to the algae problem, please check out my web site www.poolbutlerswimsafe.com
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Answer Take a sample to a pool store with a "water chemistry certified" tech. They can tell you exactly what is missing. Normally pools need stabalizer, chlorine…, acid and soda. Extra chems are used to rid or avoid problems
Baking soda raises the Total Alkalinity of the pool water and is not an algaecide or sanitizer. Chlorine is the right product to use to eliminate algae from a pool. Bring the …pH down to about 7.2 and add several gallons of 12% chlorine with the filter running. You will probably need to rebalance the pH after adding the chlorine as the chlorine is quite alkaline. Run the filter till it clears up, you may need to brush the pool several times to dislodge algae clinging to the pool surface. Depending on the size of the pool and how bad the algae is you may need to add anywhere from 4 to 10 or 15 gallons of chlorine. Watch the pressure gauge on the filter as that may need to be cleaned a time or two as well till the pool clears up.
Lots of chlorine, brushing and long filter run times.
I have soapy bubbles on the top of the water in an inground pool I added algaecide yesterday aft What is causing this and how can I get rid of it- bubbles more after contact with H2o?
FOAM & BUBBLES ON WATER You have a common problem. You used: 1. An inexpensive algaecide. 2. Overdosed with an inexpensive algaecide 3. Wat…er in pool is "out of balance" Algaecides are not the single answer for algae. You must have your pool balanced> Total Alkalinity, pH , Calcium Hardness, Free chlorine, Combined chlorine, Stabilizer/Cyanuric Acid. If you have an above ground pool you probably do not have an automatic chlorinator which is a good thing to have. I'd go to a reputable swimming pool store that offers water analysis. They might not be all that thrilled to help you. If they offer computerized analysis offer to pay them or tell them you plan to purchase the needed chemicals. If you have an inground pool, shame on you for not using a pool store for your supplies. They can be your best friend when you are in need of help.
it depends on how much you use but i advise getting some chlorine testing stivks of eBay or something the instructions will tell you what to do!
What is more affordable drain pool due to dark green algae and debris or vacuum and add chemical for in-ground DE filter pool?
The absolute fix for algae bloomed pool: DRAIN , ACID WASH and REFILL. More info about acid washing an Algae Bloomed Pool. Acid Washing an In Ground Pool: Also… called a drain & acid clean. An acid wash becomes necessary if the pool has turned into the "black lagoon". This may occur if the winterizing process is not done properly, or if the pool has been stagnant for a period of time so that algae has taken over. If you notice scaly, man-phibian creatures splashing around out back, it's probably time to drain & acid clean. Our general rule of thumb for determining the need for an acid wash is: if you can see the bottom of the pool (the floor) then you can usually bring it back with chemicals, labor and extensive filtering. However , once a pool has turned dark green or even black , algae and mold spores have impregnated themselves into every porous depth of the pool surface and are difficult or impossible to remove by traditional cleaning and chlorinating methods. As a result the pool will continue to spawn new mold, algae and bacteria at an accelerated rate causing the pool to turn green quickly even though you may be vacuuming and chlorinating more. This will play havoc on your filter media such as sand ,cartridges or DE requiring frequent media changes to remove the contaminants. If the floor is not visible, the cost of the chemicals and labor will generally be greater than the acid wash charge, and take much, much longer. Also, extensive algae blooms will permanently stain and adhere to plastered , concrete and gunite pools, making an acid wash desirable. An acid wash is, put simply, purposeful stripping of a tiny layer of plaster or concrete, exposing fresher , undamaged and clean material beneath. Therefore, it is ill-advised to make it an annual custom, which will accelerate the need for replastering. Most plaster coats (sometimes called whitecoat or marcite) are in excess of 1/2", so a few careful acid washes should not hurt. Pools can also be commercial strength bleach washed or high pressure washed if the effected area isn't that bad. Costs to acid wash and emptied pool range between 900.00 and 1200.00 in Maryland , Virginia and DC. If your pool is filled with contaminated water and debris, the cost to drain and acid wash may range 1600.00 to 2800.00 depending on the degree of contamination and the amount of non-drainable debris that must be removed and disposed of by manual labor. You may also decide on an acid wash not because of swamp conditions, mold , algae and bacteria but just to bring out a brighter, whiter finish. Mineral stains and/or deposits, chlorine stains, even dirt stains...an acid wash is always a dramatic aesthetic improvement. If your pool has had years of algae blooms, and if your pool seems to grow algae overnight or just bloom very easily....changing the water and acid washing the surfaces algae sticks to can give you an algae free summer and save you a bundle in lost pool time , labor , filter media and chemicals. Acid is a dangerous substance. Pool company personnel are specially trained in its application and wear protective clothing and breathing apparatus during the acid wash. To protect our environment, the acid/water waste should be neutralized with soda ash prior to its being pumped to a safe location. In many states , permits may be required. In Maryland or Virginia you may want to contact AAA Home Services - Maryland Pool and Spa Repair to evaluate and determine if Acid Washing is necessary for your pool @ 877-752-7714