Did you take off your pool's winter cover to find a giant green mess underneath it? Don't worry, the proper dose of chemicals will help clean a green pool.
The most economical method of cleaning a green pool is to use a high quality shock along with algaecide. You will need more shock than the normal, maintenance dose in order to clean algae out of your pool. Depending on how bad the algae has become, you will need to add 3-6 times more shock than the back of the bag suggests for general maintenance.
- If you cannot see any of the rungs on the ladder, add 6 times more shock than the back of the bag instructs.
- If you can see half of the rungs, add 4 times the amount of shock.
- If you can see the rungs on the ladder but the water color is the same coloring as Mountain Dew soda, add 3 times the amount of shock suggested for maintenance purposes.
Once you have added the appropriate amount of shock , you can also add a high-end algaecide to speed up the process. Once algae starts growing in your pool, using either shock or algaecide alone is not enough to rid yourself of the problem.Also, be sure to clean behind your ladder and/or steps, and thoroughly back wash or clean your filter (depending on the kind of filter you own). Continue to shock your pool for 7-10 days with the dosage instructions on the back of the bag of shock and continue with a maintenance dose of a high-end algaecide. You want to use a high-end algaecide because it does not contain copper, which can turn your hair green when you swim.
Run your filter continually (even overnight) until the water clears. Backwash or clean your filter frequently (as necessary) making sure to follow manufacturer instructions.