Green pool recovery instructions for the owner to follow:

A step by step guide on recovering and cleaning any green pool and getting it sparkling again:

  • Set the multi port valve of the filter to recirculation.
  • Mix the correct amount of granular chlorine in a bucket and pour around the walls of the pool. Your pool professional can help with this step.
  • Add a good quality flocculent to a watering can and fill with water and broadcast that across the pool water surface. Again, ask your pool professional how much flocculent to add as this is determined by pool water volume.
  • Brush the walls of the pool with a stout brush – it will look worse before it looks better… and it will look better!
  • Turn on the pump and run for 8 hours.
  • Turn off the pump and leave for 24 hours.
  • Connect the hose to the vacuum head that you usually use for cleaning the pool and pole and set the multi port filter valve to waste.
  • Very, very gently vacuum the bottom of the pool. Avoid the temptation to go too fast and stir up the settled debris. Patience is a virtue!
  • You should be able to see the bottom of the pool before you begin the vacuum. It is important that you can see what it is you are vacuuming up!
  • Stop the vac process when the water level drops below the bottom of the skimmer. Add water and allow the suspended material in the water to settle again.
  • Repeat the vacuum again as many times as required.
  • You may need to do this several times. It depends on how patient you are when doing the first vacuum
  • Finally, backwash and rinse as usual then return the multiport valve to filter.

Now the really important bit!

Call your friendly pool bloke to rebalance the water… and add salt etc. as required to bring the water back into proper parameters again.

Ian J Oliver

Tel: 0422 385 279

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