In this guide we’ll share strategies that have kept our own pools free of green water for a long time, at the end reading this guide you’ll be able to clear your green pool to sparkling blue in as little as 12 hours.
Before we get started restoring your green pool back to blue lets look at why it turned green in the first place.
Most cases Swimming Pools become green when algae overgrows but the causes for the overgrowth can vary.
Shock (Super chlorinate) your pool chlorine levels with granular chlorine.
Piscimar Dicloro Gr better known as shock. has 55% active chlorine and is primarily used to rapidly increase the chlorine level for monthly pool shock treatments, it has a neutral pH and will not affect any of your other chemicals which makes it ideal for regular treatments.
Piscimar Ritocal Gr is chlorine without cyanuric acid (CyA), it provides 70% active chlorine and is mainly used to recover green pools or the clarity is effected, also the chlorine level rapidly lowers after treatment compared with other types of chlorine.
Piscimar Maxiclor Gr is tri-chlorine (TCCA) with cyanuric acid (CyA) and 90% active chlorine, used for balancing the chlorine level in fresh water or after the pool has been shocked.
Piscimar Actibon Shock accelerates the recovery of green water by enhancing the effects of the disinfectant in the water it helps recover pools in 5 hours, specially suitable for pools with Chlorine Lock and high Cyanuric acid (CyA).
Salt Chlorinators normally have a super chlorinate modes that will shock the pool for 24hrs – 48hrs depending on the unit used.
Pool products give detailed instructions on how much to add, different brands have different strengths and ingredients so its important to check before adding to the water or speak with us for advice
Common belief is that algaecides are only used to recover a green pool when quite the opposite is true.
Algaecides are used to destroy the algae and prevent future growth. Using algaecides regularly will prevent the growth of algae.
Algaecides come in various strengths some weaker and requires adding more to the water to be efficient and others stronger and require very little adding to the water.
Piscimar Algiklean is a Powerful bactericide, double action product, algaecide and rinse aid. its used as a shock algaecide when pools have already turned green or as a maintenance algaecide for salt pools.
Add 1-2ltrs for every 100 m3 / water depends on needs.
Piscimar Algibon is a multipurpose monthly algicide with a five-effects
* Great effectiveness against algae.
* Provides a brilliant blue color to the water
* Repels insects from water
* Increases the transparency of pool water
* Does not produce foam
Add 1ltr for every 100 m3 / water per month
You’ll need to run your pump and filter continually to efficiently filter algae from the water, How depends on the type of filter and pump you have.
If you have a bag filter or paper filter it will require more time and effort to effectively clear a green pool see our guide on Cleaning a Filter Bag Pool
If you have a sand filter which is the most common filters used
Depending how green the pool is you may need to vacuum the pool to clear the water.
Regardless if you can see the bottom or not you should vacuum the pool to remove as much debris and algae as possible the more algae on the floor and walls the harder your disinfectant will have to work and the more disinfectant you’ll need to add to the water costing you more money.
Its recommended to clean your pool to waste to prevent the filter from clogging with algae and debris
Once you’ve vacuumed the pool, now its time to brush the walls and floor to remove any algae that didn’t vacuum up, be sure to brush round the jet and light fittings where algae can hide.
Finally remove any leafs and organics from the surface of the pool with a leaf net.
Once again check that your filter and pump basket is clean.
Once the green pool water has been cleared it will be a little cloudy
Clarifiers are used for the recovery of cloudy water, you have several options to choose from, each more suitable depending on the pool type and issue, if your not sure which product to use contact us for free advise on the best product to use on your pool.
Piscimar Ultra Clear rapidly recovers cloudy water by enzymatically removing dead algae, greases and other organic matter by biodegrading them without saturating the filter. Add 0.75L / 100 m3 of water.
Piscimar Flocunet is a floculant it eliminates turbidity by suspending particles to the bottom of the pool to be vacuumed to waste. Add 1L /50 m3 of water.
Jolly Gel are gel cubes for sand filters to increase the effectiveness of the filter, by placing 1 cube in your pump basket it dissolves and places a membrane on the filter media to catch particles that are normally too small for the filter to collect.
Although rare you may find your green pool will not recover despite all your efforts, there can be several reasons for this, to best advise you we recommend bringing a fresh sample of water to our Pool and Spa Warehouse.
Problems can be but not limited to.
If your pool has a high amount of Cyanuric acid or has chlorine lock Piscimar actibon shock activates the chlorine in the water. It also eliminates pink bacteria.