Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Page 1 of 5 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 88

Thread: What next? My pool is still green....

  1. Back To Top    #1

    What next? My pool is still green....

    In the last 48 hours I have put 25#s of granulated chlorine and 24 ozs. of algaecide in my 54" above ground pool. The pool was a dark green and now it is a bit lighter but not much. I just bought a new test kit (not strips) but I'm really not sure what to do now? Do I buy more shock and just keep adding it? We have had the pool for 3 years now and this is the first problem I've had with it so I did what the pool store told me to and it doesn't seem to be working.
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  2. Back To Top    #2

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    How many gallons of water in the pool? If the pool is small enough it may be cheaper to drain it and clean the liner before refilling it. 25# is a lot to dump in such a short time.
    16x32 inground vinyl pool
    Hayward sand filter
    Hayward 2 hp super pump

  3. Back To Top    #3
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Welcome to TFP!

    The most important thing is to find out your current chemical levels. Several of those level, and especially CYA, affect the correct way to proceed. We also need a little more information about your pool, size (as Ironchef mentioned), and kind of surface (vinyl, plaster, fiberglass).

    I also recommend doing some reading in Pool School, especially the section in how to shock your pool.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    It is about 23,000 gallons. I have a 1.5 HP pump with sand filter and a vinyl liner. The guy at the pool store told me as long as my PH was 8 or above I could continue to shock it until it started turning milky white so I've only tested the Ph. I am going out now to use this new test kit and see what everything is and will post results. Thanks!
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Charlie_R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Mexico, MO
    Posts
    2,156

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    "Fire" the pool store guy! PH of 8 or above? He's either crazy or knows nothing. Your pH should be maintained between 7.2 and 7.8 anything outside that range is likely to damage your pool and equipment.

    As Jason suggested, read Pool School (link in upper right of every page) especially the sections on dealing with algae, and the shock PROCESS.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Ok, I just tested the water and these are the results I got:

    Chlorine-5.0
    PH-8.2 (possibly higher)
    TA-150
    CYA-50

    I am going to start reading in the pool school post now.
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Charlie_R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Mexico, MO
    Posts
    2,156

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    While you are reading Pool School, you need to address that high pH. Muriatic acid is what you need. Purchase it at your local hardware store. Not the "safer" types. Straight muriatic acid. 1 gallon.

    Use http://www.poolcalculator.com/ to figure your dose. Put in 2/3 of that dose, run your pump for 1 hour, then retest.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Added the acid and the PH is now in the normal range. It's getting dark so I guess I'm finished for the day and will tackle again in the morning. After testing the water in the a.m. should I get more granulated chlorine or just use bleach? Also the pool store sold me a bottle of Floc (after I told him that I really did not want to do that because I've heard it's such a hassle, but the husband was there and he believed everything the guy said) so should I or shouldn't I use it? Thank you for the feedback!
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  9. Back To Top    #9
    Charlie_R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Mexico, MO
    Posts
    2,156

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Bleach. Granulated will add CYA, and yours is where it belongs.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

  10. Back To Top    #10
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrystal_28
    Added the acid and the PH is now in the normal range. It's getting dark so I guess I'm finished for the day and will tackle again in the morning. After testing the water in the a.m. should I get more granulated chlorine or just use bleach? Also the pool store sold me a bottle of Floc (after I told him that I really did not want to do that because I've heard it's such a hassle, but the husband was there and he believed everything the guy said) so should I or shouldn't I use it? Thank you for the feedback!
    Just use bleach. Avoid the floc. You can put your husband off by telling him it goes in after the water turns blue. If you have the bleach, start tonight - then the sun won;t be degrading the bleach any and 100% of it can go to killing algae.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

  11. Back To Top    #11

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Unfortunately I don't have enough bleach at home to get started but I intend to be at the store bright and early. I am going to assume from everything that I have read here that I don't have an adequate test kit (once again we got roped in by the pool guy) because it only reads FC up to 5.0 and I'm not sure how to determine how much chlorine I'm losing overnight....with that said do I just dump bleach a few gallons at a time until I start seeing more results? So far after 25#'s of granular chlorine it has gone from a dark green to a lighter shade of dark green, I still can't see the bottom at all.

    Thanks!
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  12. Back To Top    #12

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    So frustrated! Pool was getting a tad bit lighter in color but now it looks darker again. All of my readings are about the same, the chlorine has gone down just a little. Got bleach as recommended but now it's RAINING (was not in the forecast) so I guess everything I've put in it will just be wasted.
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  13. Back To Top    #13

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    4,052

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Without the proper test kit to know exactly how much FC you have, you are fighting a losing battle. You have to bring your pool up to shock level and HOLD IT THERE. Without proper testing equipment, there will be no way to do this. Unless you are a stay-at-home person, I recommend starting the shock process on your days off so you can monitor the FC on an hourly basis. You can see pretty easily how this is going to be if you can only measure up to 5 ppm.
    Built in 1957 44,000 gallon in-ground, Wet Edge Primera Stone in Sky Blue, Intelliflo VF Pump, 600 lb. Pentair Triton II TR-100 Sand Filter, CircuPool RG 60 Plus SWG, TF-100 test kit
    If TFP has helped you, please click to SUPPORT TFP!

  14. Back To Top    #14

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    OK, I will order the part of the test kit that I'm missing....until I get that though is there a way to get an approximate reading so that I'm not wasting everything I've done so far? I am at home so I can work on it constantly. I really don't want to drain and start over or lose what I've done so far.
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  15. Back To Top    #15

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    4,052

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    That's a good plan. The FAS/DPD single item will at least help you get through the shock process.

    The problem with approximating what you need to add is that you have to get below 5 to know where you are, and this is what's needed before you can calculate how much more to add. You might be able to mix 50/50 with some distilled or bottled water, not tap water, and possibly multiply that by 2 to get an idea, but I can't say how accurate it would be.
    Built in 1957 44,000 gallon in-ground, Wet Edge Primera Stone in Sky Blue, Intelliflo VF Pump, 600 lb. Pentair Triton II TR-100 Sand Filter, CircuPool RG 60 Plus SWG, TF-100 test kit
    If TFP has helped you, please click to SUPPORT TFP!

  16. Back To Top    #16

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Well just doing all of this by playing the guessing game this is what I have so far:

    Using the test kit my numbers are
    FC: above 5.0 (test sample is orange)
    PH is 7.4
    CYA is 50

    I used a test strip just to see what it showed and everything was in normal range except FC and TC which both registered above 10.
    Do I just keep testing every hour or so and when it drops below the 10 (got this number from another post where they used strips) add more bleach? I put 7 gallons of 8.72% in about 3.5 hours ago.
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  17. Back To Top    #17
    techguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Antelope, CA
    Posts
    2,687

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    IMHO, Orange is a good color for a 50 CYA shock. When it gets closer to lemon yellow, you are too low. The OTO test you used is accurate, you just don't have a chart for it's range higher than 5 PPM. The FAS-DPD will tell you the exact value, when you get your test kit.

    While you are waiting for your delivery, I say keep your FC in the orange range and add more bleach when you get close to a rice lemon yellow. The longer you stay at orange, the better, until you start to see clarity.

    If you added bleach 3.5 hours ago, I would test again and add more bleach. i am going to guess you need another jug or two. Your color and clarity will get worse during the first stages of algae killing. Keep filtering, watch your pressures.

    Can you add your pool info to your signature so we can help better. Like mine!
    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

  18. Back To Top    #18

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    Just checked again and everything is still the same....the sun is out in full now so I will check again in about 30 minutes. Thanks for the response.
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

  19. Back To Top    #19
    techguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Antelope, CA
    Posts
    2,687

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    I would wait until the sun is off the pool. I normally do my testing at about 10:00pm as it works for me. Write down your FC result and test again in the morning, before the sun is on the water. If your FC is within 1 PPM of the night reading, your free of living algae and need to focus on filtering.

    As you have a sand filter, you may want to try adding a cup or so of DE to improve filtering. My Wal_mart sells a 10 pound box or you can get some from a DE filter friend. I am in Sacramento if that is close.
    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

  20. Back To Top    #20

    Re: What next? My pool is still green....

    I wish I was in Sacramento. I'm in Mississippi but I have seen that in the stores. So can my pool be free of living algae and still be pretty green? I thought it would turn milky white or at least lighter green and if mine is changing at all it is just a tiny bit lighter.
    [center:24l4i2yw]3 year old 30' round/54" wall, 23,000 gallon Tahitian AG with a vinyl liner. 1.5 HP pump with sand filter system.[/center:24l4i2yw]

Page 1 of 5 1234 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •