As the winter season gives way to spring, pool owners are often presented with a “surprise” when they uncover their pools from many months of lying dormant.
A green pool might colour coordinate nicely with your lawn, but a pond-like pool is not a pleasant swimming environment.
This “green stuff”, otherwise known as algae, is a small micro-organism that grows rapidly in warm water, which in turn – if often the cause of your watery green-space.
Although this presents a nuisance, it’s actually fairly easy to address and rid yourself of.
Ridding Your Pool of Algae
Chlorine is one of the most effective ways to sanitize your pool, and by using 3ppm (parts per million) of chlorine, you can prevent algae from forming.
We caution you, however, that if you allow the chlorine levels to drop -even for a 24 hour period- that algae is likely to reappear. This reoccurrence can be readdressed by “shocking” your pool with calcium hypochlorite.
Shocking Your Pool With Calcium Hypochlorite
Under the cloak of darkness – or at the very least, dusk – is the optimal time in which to effectively shock your pool. The sun creates an environment where it can burn off the calcium hypochlorite and chlorine process too quickly for it to make an impact, so waiting until the sun has set, will better ensure your pool shocking will set as well.
The mathematical process behind creating the solution to shock your pool is as follows: 1 pound of shock treats up to 10,000 gallons of pool water and each bag should be pre-dissolved in its own 5 gallon bucket of water (warm water works better to dissolve).
It should also be noted, that you need to gauge your pool shocking solution based on the colour (or amount of algae) present in your pool.
Light Green or Teal Pool Water – low amounts of algae
- double shock you pool with 2 pounds for every 10,000 gallons of water
Green or Dark Green Pool Water – medium amounts of algae
- triple shock your pool with 3 pounds for every 10,000 gallons of pool water
Black Green Pool Water – algae alert!
- quadruple shock your pool by adding 4 pounds of shock to every 10,000 gallons of water
At Life Saver Pool Covers Inc. we are always here to help answer any questions you might have, and assist you in creating a safe space for you and your family to swim!