green pool

mstriker

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May 14, 2008
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South Central PA
I looked under the winter cover yesterday and saw green. Is it okay to get in a pool with algae?
I have to get in to brush the walls and floor.
Did test the water:

FC 0
PH 7.4
TA 90
CYA 30
13,500 gallons
 

JasonLion

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No it isn't safe to get in a pool with algae. If there is algae then there can be pretty much anything else in the water as well. It isn't likely to kill you, but it could have unpleasant effects. Try shocking the pool with only the brushing you can do from outside the pool and see if you can get it to hold at least some chlorine level before you get in it.
 

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Keeping the cover on will slow the growth of the algae dramatically but it won't kill it. I would leave the cover on till you are ready to deal with it and then do everything at once (cover off, fight algae).
 

mstriker

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May 14, 2008
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South Central PA
is it possible I still have algae and not know it? Pool looks crystal clear, chlorinator on max. Normally I can have it
set on 2 (1-9) I'm only getting .5 of FC I'm adding ultra bleach every couple of hours. I brushed the whole pool.
The pucks are dissolving. pump running 24/7
It does take a few hours for the FC to drop that low after dumping the bleach in
could it be my cya is inaccurate? The pool store also tested it and got the same results as I did
reading:
PH 7.4
FC .5
TA 120
CYA 50
Any ideas
 

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You might have algae or ammonia. Does the FC level fall at night as well as during the day? If so you need to shock the pool and maintain shock level until the FC holds steady overnight.
 

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Hi, Mike,

Chlorine in your pool is reduced by two things...the sun and organics (algae) in your pool.

By adding the FC in the evening, testing the result, and then testing again the next AM before the sun hits your pool, any chlorine loss (greater then 1.0ppm) is attributable to algae.

So if your 5.0ppm you started with tonight is down to 3.5 or lower tomorrow am, that's a good indicator there is still algae in your pool.

You need to shock if that's the case.