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    My Pool Won’t Stop Turning Green!


  • My Pool Won’t Stop Turning Green!

    June 8, 2018

    The pool is one of, if not the most, essential components of a successful summer – especially here in Tampa, where the dog days are accompanied by very muggy weather. When it’s crystal-clear and the perfect temperature, there’s no better place to be than the pool. But occasionally, the chemical imbalance will teeter in the wrong direction, and your pool will turn green. Sometimes it’s easy to restore the color to its rightful blue state, but other times it just won’t stop changing colors!

    It’s quite a dilemma, and it makes for an unappealing look for something that should be a place of relaxation and serenity. After more than a few times of seemingly fixing the incorrect color, only for it to revert back to being that icky green, you might be feeling like you’re banging your head against a wall over and over again. Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric has a quick rundown on what exactly could be causing that green color in the first place.

    If you’re able to figure out what went wrong, give your pool company a call to have it fixed – if the solution requires something beyond simple DIY repair. When you’re done in the pool, you usually go inside – so call us for any indoor air conditioning needs as well!

    What Causes the Green?

    First things first. When your pool turns green, it’s because algae has taken hold of the water and has begun spreading. It does so naturally, but routinely adding chlorine will prevent that.

    • Chlorine kills the algae, leaving your pool that deep blue color that it should be. Algae, like other fungi, is alive, and it requires food. You can inadvertently provide it with sustenance by accidentally leaving organic compounds around the pool.
    • Things like grass, leaves, and weeds are prime candidates to get eaten, allowing the algae to grow.

    However, it’s not always because of algae. Sometimes, it’s simply because pollen has found its way to the pool and accumulated, making the pool look a greenish-yellow color. To remove it, you might need a flocculant. However, it’s harmless.

    Chlorine is Key

    So, often times when the pool won’t stop turning green, the solution is just to add more chlorine. However, it won’t work if the PH balance in your pool isn’t in the right range. It needs to stay between 7.4 and 7.6, and anything outside of that won’t allow chlorine to do its job effectively. Shock the pool, and shock it repeatedly, to effectively fight the algae.

    But first, to determine what you’re dealing with, taking a water test and taking it to a professional to have them identify the makeup of the water is the best choice.

    So, when your pool won’t stop turning green, it’s likely because the chlorine level isn’t sufficiently high enough. However, you can’t be sure without having someone who specializes in it examine your water – so take a sample and have it analyzed. You’ll have your outdoor experience back to normal in no time, and for the complete summer experience, let the folks at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric take care of the indoor component. We offer total AC care and will keep you and your family cool all summer long! Call us at 1-800-937-6736 to schedule an appointment today!


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