Chemicals for the pool. Boring, boring , BORING! Right?

Maybe, but the quality of the chemicals you put in your pool may be the difference between a yucky green, algae infested pool and one that looks like crystal clear drinking water.  I’ve preached this in the store for nearly twenty years.  All chemicals are not created equal!  Seldom do box stores or groceries have the same chlorine strength as what we have.  If chlorine tablets they sell are 10% less but you need to use 50% more, is it a value or a disaster waiting to happen?  And if their algaecide comes in a gallon jug…just move over to the detergent aisle and pick up some liquid dish soap.  It’s just about the same chemical composition and the foam in the pool will remove any doubt.

 

Sorry, but when I start carrying steaks, burgers, lumber, or bathroom faucets, I’ll agree that it’s okay to get chemicals at a lumber yard or supermarket.  –Max

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3 Responses to Chemicals for the pool. Boring, boring , BORING! Right?

  1. Maybe, but the quality of the chemicals you put in your pool may be the difference between a yucky green, algae infested pool and one that looks like crystal clear drinking water. I’ve preached this in the store for nearly twenty years. All chemicals are not created equal! Seldom do box stores or groceries have the same chlorine strength as what we have. If chlorine tablets they sell are 10% less but you need to use 50% more, is it a value or a disaster waiting to happen? And if their algaecide comes in a gallon jug…just move over to the detergent aisle and pick up some liquid dish soap. It’s just about the same chemical composition and the foam in the pool will remove any doubt.

  2. Stacey Walsh says:

    Ok, I had a badly yucky green pool. After a lot of work and cloride it has cleared up so that I can see the bottom. Now, I have a off white stuff that looks like sand but its not. Is this just the dead algae or is it what they call mustard algae another problem. I keep vaccumming and running the filter and doing a backwash seeing it go out of the filter fine. But, i can clean the pool clear. Next day i turn the filter back on and here is that stuff again. It almost seems like its being blown back in from the filter maybe? But I backwashed till it was clean so is there stuff I am missing? Thanks I know it will help me and also other.

  3. Max says:

    Hi Holly.
    I’m pretty sure that what you are experiencing is simply dead algae that is so small it passes right through the filter and back in the pool. Sometimes a coagulant clarifier will help but also, your thru-wall skimmer only works effectively down about 14-20 inches. If your pool does not have a main drain, try hooking up your hand vacuum. Push it out to the middle, turn it upside down, and let it draw from the bottom. Everything gets pulled down to it.

    As for mustard algae—possible, but not my #1 likelihood. If it is, you can kill it by using a sodium bromide dry algaecide, which is activated by a dose of liquid shock. I recommend “Eliminator” sodium bromide. It is a 99% NaBr compound and is far stronger than most others out there that can be as low as 30%.

    Let us know if you have any other questions or if we can help.

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