If no pool shock, what else will help?
I have an above ground pool that holds about 6000 gallons of water. Im having problems with my car and I live in teh country so I have a problem getting to the store for chemicals. I just cleaned and filled my pool and just as I was filling it the rain started coming down hard and now its already green. Is there anything that I can buy at the local grocery store or hardware store that can help?
Can I put non-chlorine bleach in it? Will that help and is it safe? (bleach for clothes) Any advice would be great. Especailly since my biggest problem is green water! every 3 days or so it starts turning green. Then when I do get to shock it, the water turns cloudy white or blueish white.
so again big question..Can I put bleach (for the laundry) in my pool?
Yes you can and it’s perfectly safe. I’m sorry that David answered the question as he did because baking soda is a perfectly fine chemical to use for increasing the alkalinity of the pool. In fact it’s the exact same thing that the pool store sells, except the baking soda is purer and far less expensive.
1 gallon of household bleach (non scented) will add approximately 8ppm of chlorine to your pool. Depending on the levels of the other chemistry in the water (alkalinity, hardness, pH) you may need to add more. I would recommend going with a gallon and a half first thing in 6,000 gallons of algae laden water.
When you can take a sample of pool water to your local pool store and have them test for the following:
Total dissolved solids
Bring the results back without purchasing anything from them at this time and send me the results at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put you on a maintenance schedule tailored for your pool that will keep it pristine for the rest of the season.
But for now, go ahead and add in the gallon and a half of bleach while the filter is running. Brush the sides and bottom of the pool if you have a pool brush, if not don’t worry about it. This chlorine addition is an emergency measure only and will burn out of the pool in less than 24 hours so you will need to add more tonight.
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