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

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

Arizona Pool Filter Cleans

Keeping Your Pool Filter CleanIt time to clean your Pool Filter! You’ve ignore your pool all winter. Monsoon Dust Storms have also deposited a lot of dirt in your pool. If you haven’t cleaned your pool filter this winter, NOW is the time.

Your pool filter ideally should be cleaned every quarter, but many customers skimp out on this necessary Queen Creek pool maintenance item, only to reap the ill effects later down the road.

A clean pool filter decreases the workload of your pool motor, extended its life, and keeps you from having costly repairs due to lack of proper maintenance of your filter

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

Arizona Pools

Pool Cleaning Frequently Asked QuestionsSwimming pool maintenance is one of those tedious but necessary tasks associated with Arizona home ownership. Since it can be time consuming, many swimming pool owners contract out this job to an Chandler Arizona pool cleaning service.

Using an Arizona pool cleaning service can save home owners a great deal of time and worry. Of course, this comes with a cost. Many people find that the cost is well-worth it.

If you’re a new pool owner or you’ve never used an Arizona pool cleaning service before, you probably have questions. You may be able to find the right answers here. These are the six most frequently-asked questions when it comes to hiring an Arizona pool Service:

1) I’d like to contract out my pool maintenance, but my budget is limited. Is there a way to get service on a budget?

 Definitely. Choose a Chandler Arizona pool cleaning service that offers an economy package.This type of package will typically include a bi-weekly visit by a technician. The technician will check your skimmer and pump baskets. He/she will also test your chemical balance. This is a great way to get basic maintenance at a low cost.

2) I want to hire someone to do all of my maintenance work so I can just enjoy my pool. Is this kind of service available?

Yes. You can find maintenance packages that cover just about every task necessary to keep your water healthy.These Arizona pool service packages generally include a weekly visit by a technician. The technician will perform the basics, like inspecting and cleaning your skimmer and pump baskets. He/she will check your chemical balance (adding chemicals as needed).Comprehensive packages also include things like brushing walls, skimming surface (or vacuuming) and testing equipment. Comprehensive packages may also include annual inspection of parts like the motor. This type of service covers virtually everything you need, so you never have to worry about it yourself.

3) Will my Arizona pool service package include the cost of chemicals?

It depends on the one you select. If you prefer to have chemicals included, choose a package that provides cleaning plus chemicals for one price.

4) How often will I have to pay for my Arizona pool cleaning service?

This depends on a couple of things, like the company and the package you choose. Generally speaking, those with an ongoing contract pay either monthly, quarterly or annually. Check with your provider for the particulars.

5) I’m not usually home during the daytime. How will I know if the technician has been by, and whether there are any issues that need to be addressed?

Some companies have their technicians leave behind a report stating that they visited and noting the things they checked.Other companies send out regular statements in the mail. It all depends on the company you use and your maintenance package. You can rest assured, though, that if any major issues are uncovered, your technician will let you know.

6) What if I need parts replaced?

Some parts can be replaced by your Chandler Pool Service technician. When a tech recommends that a part be changed, he/she will likely contact you to ask how you want to proceed. Depending on your contract, the tech may be able to replace a part during a regular visit. Otherwise, he/she can request on your behalf that a repair person come out and make the fix.Other, more complex parts may require a separate visit and possibly a different technician. Your regular tech will let you know what is required.

Certain repairs/replacements may be covered as part of your Arizona Pool Service contract. It all depends on your maintenance package. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay extra for those parts on top of your regular fees.

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