One of the most frustrating things for swimming pool owners is when pool water is green. It can be difficult to determine what the problem is and how to tackle it the quickest way possible. Most likely the culprit is ALGAE!
Test Your Pool Water
First, always test your water using a test strip that can be purchased at our online store, waterschoice.com. Knowing and UNDERSTANDING the levels of certain things in your pool water will help you determine which direction to go first.
Cyanuric Acid is a Stabilizer
What does your test strip say the level of Cyanuric Acid is? This is a STABILIZER for chlorine for when it is exposed to sunlight. It reduces the effect sunlight has on chlorine levels and when used correctly, it can dramatically increase the effectiveness of chlorine. If levels of Cyanuric Acid are too high, it will bind to chlorine and make it work less effectively. If it’s too low, chlorine levels are very difficult to maintain.
Pool Water Alkalinity
Next, look at the Alkalinity on your test strip. Is it high or low? Total alkalinity is the measure of pool water’s capacity to neutralize acid. Many people confuse total alkalinity with pH. Alkalinity is the buffer that controls how pH moves. It goes hand in hand with the pH level in your swimming pool water.
Phosphates in Your Pool Water
Have you given any thought to the possibility of phosphates? These are a natural component of most swimmer wastes such as hair and self care products. It’s also present in rain water.
Consequently, phosphates are very persistent and don’t break down easily. Other sources include landscape fertilizers that blow into pool water, mulch, soil and/or leaves. Phosphates are an essential food source for algae. Testing for this in pool water is very easy by just using a test kit. Give us a call for more information.
Green Pool Water is a Common Problem …
Swimming pool water turning green is a fairly common problem and many struggle to successfully keep their water looking fresh. Educating yourselves on effective practices and products that are proven to work is a great first step. At Waters Choice, we recommend checking for phosphates three times a year; pool opening, mid season, and when closing your swimming pool. Managing pool water’s phosphate levels greatly increase its water quality, purity, and your overall experience.
One more thing, have you tested your swimming pool water for bacteria? Do you wonder if your water is safe to swim in? Check out the bacteria test strips we have in our online store too. Just as a note, make sure to follow the directions as it’s easy to use this test incorrectly.
For more information contact us today, we’re always happy to help.