Vacation Pool - Algae

oldogface

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Mar 22, 2010
25
Ridgeway, SC
We're vacationing with kids and grandkids. House has a pool. Obvious algae present. What should I do? Don't have test kit with me, so, no numbers, but, clearly there is no chlorine. Staying out of the pool has been voted down..... should I buy a few gallons of bleach and add to the pool? Leave it alone? Suggestions, please.
 

Peter_S

Well-known member
Jun 12, 2010
70
NE Ohio
I'd hit Walmart and find a cheap 2-way test kit first. At least then youl have TC and pH. It would be safer than blindly adding chlorine IMHO.
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
20,994
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
Beaten by mere seconds!

Blindly dumping chlorine is like painting in the dark. If there's astronomical CYA, you may never clear it before vacation's over! pH could be whacked, too.

Call the rental office/property manager and complain. They probably have a pool service - let them get on the phone and get an emergency call made.

If it's a holiday rental, and not just some friends letting you use their second home, they're probably considered a public pool, same as a motel. Threaten to summons the health department. Nobody wants some officious government busybody poking around.

If you insist on doing it yourself, drop a few bucks on a test kit or take a sample to the pool store. If you buy a kit similar to what you have at home, you just got some refills in advance.
 

oldogface

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Mar 22, 2010
25
Ridgeway, SC
Thanks. The "pool service" (I think that's what you do when you lose your job at McDonalds) kid was here brushing.... "I don't think there's any chlorine in the pool...." Duh.....

Called the owner
 

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