When Pool Water is Green.
Green swimming pool water is usually caused by algae growth inside your swimming pool. Algae can be introduced into your swimming pool in hundreds of different ways. Simply having a leaf fall into your pool may be enough to establish an algae bloom. Algae can be suspended in your swimming pool water or it can attach to the bottom and side walls of the pool. If the pool is green in color the chances are very good that your pool is experiencing an infestation of green algae. Luckily, green algae is the easiest type to kill and remove from your swimming pool.
There are two general approaches to take your swimming pool from green to clean.
1. Do it yourself.
2. Hire a professional.
You may be surprised to know that hiring a professional to handle your swimming pool algae problem is almost always less expensive than trying to do it yourself. There are three main reasons why this is true.
1. Pool professionals pay less for chemicals needed to treat algae.
2. Retailers tend to exaggerate the amount of chemicals needed to treat the problem.
3. Experienced pool professionals have become efficient and effective over the years.
Many pool retailers depend upon you spending as much as possible on pool chemicals every year in order to pay their overhead costs. In fact, it is not uncommon for retailers to set chemical sales goals for every customer that comes through the door. A customer who tells a retailer they have a green swimming pool will spend an average of $450 on chemicals to fix the problem if they take the advice of the retailer. One pool owner in Atlanta spent $1800 in chemicals in the Spring of 2011 and still failed to correct the problem. She hired a good pool company who had the pool water crystal clear in less than 2 days and for only $200! Many pool professionals can kill and remove the algae in your swimming pool for less than $450 even when they start from scratch.
Common industry expectations for obtaining proficiency in the treatment of green swimming pools is about two years of full time experience. This means that it takes around two years of experience for a new pool professional to learn how to evaluate the proper treatment plan for a specific pool. It takes this long because there are so many different variables involved. Simply throwing chemicals at the problem based upon a computer model won’t work in most cases. If you are very knowledgeable about your specific pool and the solutions that have worked in the past you should consider hiring a professional to take your pool from green to clean. It will remove the headache and most likely save you some of your hard earned money as well.
If you would like more information about taking your pool from green to clean feel free to
contact me, Chris Ward, via www.lazydaypools.com.