How To Turn A Green Pool Blue

It can happen seemingly overnight. One fine, sunny Arizona morning you step outside for a swim and, yikes! It is definitely unnerving to find that your lovely, crystal clear pool has suddenly begun to look like a science experiment. Or maybe you took off your pool’s winter cover to find a nasty green mess underneath it? Everyone at some point will wind up with a green swimming pool. It is generally caused by an overgrowth of algae and is unhealthy to swim in, but don’t worry, with plenty of chemicals and pool cleaning your swimming pool will soon be looking great again. It won’t happen overnight, but give it a few days.

Turn a green pool blue!You will need pool cleaning supplies, such as a leaf net, a pool brush, a pool vacuum, and plenty of chlorine and algaecide. First, using the net remove any large debris, then scrub the sides of the pool with the pool brush to remove the algae. Go on to scrub the floor and steps thoroughly. Don’t forget behind the ladder.

The next step is to shock your pool to kill off the algae and bacteria. You will need to add more shock than you generally use for regular pool maintenance. If you cannot see through the water at all you may need to use up to six times as much shock as recommended. You will need several gallons of shock and it may take several days before the water begins to clear. Continue adding several gallons of shock each day until the water begins to clear. The more you add the more quickly the water will clear. Shock can be purchased in liquid or powder form, but liquid seems to works more quickly. Now is a good time to add the algaecide to the water, too. Using either shock or algaecide alone will not be enough to get rid of the green.

Run the filter constantly and backwash several times a day for best results. Green water will quickly clog the filter, so be sure to backwash your filter many times a day until the pool clears. The more you run the filter, and the more you backwash the filter, the more quickly the water will clear up.

You will also need to adjust the pH and alkalinity levels of the water using the appropriate chemicals. These levels must be within the proper ranges or the water will not clear.

If after 5-7 days your pool water is still not clear there may be a problem with your filter. If this is the case you will need to have the filter system looked at by a professional.

Once the water does clear up, you will probably see debris on the floor of the pool. Do not vacuum the pool if you cannot see the bottom or if there are large debris. If there is only a small amount of debris you may want to vacuum it up yourself using your own pool vacuum system. If there are large amounts of debris on the pool floor, you may wish to have the pool vacuumed by a pool maintenance professional rather than chance damaging your filter system or clogging your pool pipes.

When your swimming pool is once again pristine and inviting, be sure that the pump timer of your pool is set to run properly. Monitor the pool condition closely to ascertain if the filter is running enough to keep the water clear. If there is more swimming than usual you may need to run the filter more than usual.

Now to maintain that clean pool and prevent any more green water, check the chlorine levels regularly, clean the sides, vacuum the bottom, and backwash the filter every few weeks, depending on the amount of use your pool receives.

If the initial cleaning of the icky green algae, or the regular cleaning involved in keeping your pool sparkling and enjoyable are more than you have the time for you can always employ a professional pool maintenance service.

In Arizona, there are more hot, sunny days to enjoy your swimming pool than most any other place. Don’t let green water rob you of that pool time.

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Arizona Pool Service
20207 E. Poco Calle
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
Phone: 480-228-5743

Why Weekly Pool Service Is Important

Weekly Pool Maintenance Services By Arizona Pool ServiceWho doesn’t love having a pool during the summer months in the hot Arizona weather? Nothing can be better sometimes than when its a 110 degrees out. A swimming pool can help you cool off in the sun, relax, and even a centerpiece for gatherings. However, if your pool is improperly taken care of, your pool will be more of a headache than a luxury.

A swimming pool can be a lot to take care of with the cost and time to properly maintain it. Whether you have an above ground pool or in ground, Mesa pool maintenance has to be kept up. Money and time is a significant role in the proper care of your pool.

You, as a pool owner have an obligation not only for yourself but for your guests to ensure your pool is clean and safe. You have an obligation to educate yourself on how to properly maintain your pool and as long as you do your homework, taking care of it wont be as time consuming or costly as it could be if you don’t. To keep your pool in prestige condition is to maintain your pool regularly. Any experienced pool owner will tell you that heat can play a big factor on your pool. The hotter it is outside, the more time and chemicals it takes to maintain your pool. Also depending on what vegetation or trees you have around your pool also could have a factor on how long it takes to maintain due items falling into the pool.

In Arizona, there are two main items that affect your swimming pool the most, the amount you use your pool and the weather. The hotter the weather gets, the more it affects the chemicals in your pool. Without proper balance of chemicals, the sun can have a negative impact on your pool. Without a proper balance in chemicals, your pool can turn green.

Simple tips to keep your pool clean

Pool Chemicals:

It is extremely important to keep the proper chemistry in chemicals in your pool to keep it balanced, healthy, and safe to swim in. Keeping that proper chemical balance helps not only the life of the inside of the pool but the pool equipment. It is imperative that you check the chemical balance in your pool at least twice a week or more depending on how much the pool is being used. Always make sure that your floater has chlorine tablets in it at all times. A pool chemical testing kit can be purchased at any pool store.

Proper PH:

PH can be harmful if the level is to high or to low in your pool. If proper PH is not maintained could affect your water clarity as well as cause skin irritation. It is recommended that you check your PH balance at least twice a week or more depending on how much your pool is being used.

Algae Prevention:

Algae can be caused by many different things such as debris from trees or plants, bloomed flowers, dog hair, and even human skin. Algae can start out very minuscule but without proper maintenance and chemical balance it can grow rapidly and cause your pool to become cloudy. Before swimming, visually inspect your pool for yellow, mustard colored spots or even black spots on the plaster or pebble tec. If you see any algae starting to grow, use an algaecide to control the growth. If you leave algae untreated, it can become harmful to your filtration system.

Use Arizona Pool Service:

Arizona Pool Service will take the headache away from you in taking care of your pool! We will save you that precious time so you have more free time to enjoy your pool than cleaning and maintaining your pool. Arizona Pool Service is here for all your pool needs from cleaning and maintaining your pool to any repairs that might come up.

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Arizona Pool Service
20207 E. Poco Calle
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
Phone: 480-228-5743

Phosphates affecting Swimming Pools

What Are Phosphates?

Phosphates are a salt of Phosphoric Acid. Phosphates is the main ingredient in fertilizer but also comes from rain water, leaves, bloomed flowers, dog hair and even our own skin. Phosphates became known around the pool industry and households in the 1970’s. People started to use phos-free or low phosphate laundry detergents to help protect streams, lakes and other run off areas from the horrible effects of excessive use of phosphate . It is always important to keep a well balanced level in your Queen Creek pool otherwise your pool can turn green.

When Phosphates Accumulate In Pools, Algae Grows

Queen Creek swimming pools and lakes are really similar and can carry high levels of phosphates due to fertilizer blowing in the pool, and can even be caused by rain water. Phosphate is very persistent and does not break down very easily. Due to the many objects that carry phosphates can cause the levels in your pool to quickly rise. It is imperative to control the levels otherwise you are creating a food source for algae to grow. If you contain your phosphate levels, you deplete the algae’s food.

Algae Grows When Phosphate Is Present

Phosphate is a plant food and algae is a plant. Are you continually having issues with your pool having mustard or green colored debris, cloudy or green water, slimy surface, or consuming an excessive amount of chemicals? You probably have a phosphate problem in your pool. Now its time to find the ways to control the phosphates from occurring.

Lets Solve The Problem And Remove The Phosphate

Cleaning Phosphates From Pool0.1 ppm is the maximum level of phosphate that should be in pool water. If your levels get above 0.1 ppm, slime deposits can start to begin and water quality decreases.

Luckily, you no longer have to drain your pool to eliminate the accumulated phosphate. There are now phos-free chemicals that can be added to your pool that is safe for you and your pool.

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Arizona Pool Service
20207 E. Poco Calle
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
Phone: 480-228-5743