Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My pool turned Green


So Thursday I noticed that my pool was looking a little bit off. Not as clear as it should be. It was pouring, so I made a mental note to check it in the morning.

Still pouring in the morning. To be "safe", I asked Megan to put in some chlorine pucks when it stopped raining. She did it all perfectly, ran the pump for the day and I assumed all was well. We got home last night late after fireworks, and this morning, I look out the back window to a GREEN pool. not "safe" enough I guess!

UGH. (again)

So, I did what I thought was best at the time - I threw in an unknown amount of algicide I had laying around (algicide 10?) and two chlorine pucks into the skimmer basket (the one was still in our floaty thing) and turned on the pump.

Here's hoping its magically cleared up when I get home. I'm assuming I'm going to have to scrub the pool down to clean it. :-(

Getting closer and closer to getting rid of the bloody thing. Used it twice this year so far. Megan uses it more often. It also pops the breaker whenever I use anything in the garage (vacuum, compressor, saw, etc) so I have to remember to unplug the pump constantly. I spend a lot more time maintaining it than using it. However I think that when Megan and I have kids, they'd love it, however thats years away and it'll probably need an expensive liner/parts/etc by then... which turns me off even more.

Basically, its like driving a car into the ground - if something expensive breaks (pump, filter, liner, etc) I'm getting rid of the thing. I'd like to replace it with a gazebo thing and/or a Koi Pond instead. Something that would actually be relaxing. lol

Part of my issue with the Green pool may be related to the PH - something I've largely ignored. its possible that I've had a PH Crash which has "used" all my Chlorine quickly. Its doubtful as my pucks have stabilizer in them, but I'm going to have to go buy a decent (aka not the 7 dollar one I got from crappy tire) Chlorine and PH tester for the pool.

Updates to follow! I should have taken a picture... :-(

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