For many Americans, the local pool is a summertime oasis. A place to escape the scorching heat and relax in the cool waters with friends and family! But with that relaxation comes a dirty, green-looking pool that you might be ashamed of showing off to your loved ones.
The good news is that pool care doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. Most of the time, cleaning a pool requires minimal effort. And, if you follow these how to clean a green swimming pool steps, your pool will look its glowing green self in no time.
Test your water for total chlorine and adjust as needed
Chlorine is the most crucial chemical for keeping your pool water clean. If you don’t have enough chlorine, algae will grow in your pool, and it will require more chemicals to keep the water clean. So, check the pH balance of your water. If you have a very high pH or too low, then add some more chlorine to keep the pH balanced and the algae from growing.
If you do not have a pool chlorination system, you can measure your chlorine level with test strips. If the chlorine is too low, then add more chlorine until it is within the acceptable range. Test your pool water again to make sure that you have enough chlorine.
Add algaecide to help prevent more algae from growing in the pool
To limit the growth of algae, add algaecide to your pool water. Algaecide helps to kill the algae in the pool. To be effective, algaecide has to remain in the water for a while. It will work over a period of days, so don’t add algaecide right after you have cleaned your pool.
Maintain the chemical balance of your water
To clean your pool thoroughly, you will need to perform weekly water tests to ensure that the chemicals like chlorine, pH, alkalinity, and calcium levels are in proper balance. To test the pH, algaecide, and chlorine levels, use a pool test kit. Read the instructions on your test kit carefully and follow the steps to get accurate results. If your water needs to be balanced, you have to add chemicals to it to achieve that balance.
If you are unsure about the pH, chlorine, or alkalinity levels in your pool water, contact your local pool store, and they will be able to tell you how much of which chemicals you will need.
Clean your pool filter
Your pool filter will trap the dirt and debris that otherwise would have been floating in the pool. If not cleaned regularly, your pool filter can get clogged up with dirt and leaves, which can slow down water circulation in your pool.
To clean your pool filter, disconnect it; remove any leaves or dirt that you can see. Then spray the pool filter with a pressure washer to clean out the inside of the pool filter. Don’t use a high-pressure setting as you may damage your pool filter. Once you have cleaned out the pool filter, rinse it thoroughly. If you do not have a pool pressure washer, use a garden hose to spray water on all sides of the pool filter. Be sure to give your pool filter a few hours to dry before re-installing it.