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Treatment:

Pool treatment shouldn't require more than half an hour per week, on average, if the tasks are completed on a weekly basis and if guidelines provided in the link bar on the left are followed.  People who experience difficulty with keeping pool parameters within limits are usually their own worst enemy.  Problems are created by not testing and making adjustments in an organized manner.

The one parameter than can cause a pool owner more grief than anything else is low chlorine or allowing too much time to elapse between shocking the pool.  Both lead to growth of algae and the only way to remove the discoloring material from the pool walls and floor is shock the pool then brush all surfaces briskly.   A newly filled pool often displays the characteristic green algae color as seen below. The same pool properly treated displays the nice blue color everyone desires.

 

The pool should be shocked once per week and the chlorinator should be set on about 3 during hot summer months but testing is the only effective way of ensuring that chlorine concentration is adequate to prevent algae growth.

Individuals who use the pool frequently should be instructed to be diligent in looking for and reporting any discoloration on the pool surfaces.  If algae growth begins and the operator quickly shocks the pool a lot of brushing work can be avoided.