How To Fix Lime Green Pool Water? [Expert Guide!]

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If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a) a pool owner who is experiencing water problems or b) someone who cares about the environment and would like to help keep our pools clean. Either way, welcome!

You might be experiencing several different problems, but before you toss out a wrench, let’s try to figure out which one(s) your pool is suffering from. We can then work together to find the best fix.

What Color Is Your Pool Water?

Before we start, it’s important to establish what color your pool water is. It’s probably green, but maybe a bit tinged with blue. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the bottom of this.

There are several reasons why your pool water might be tinted green. First, the chlorine levels are probably high, which could make the water less inviting to fish and other aquatic life. Second, the pH level could be off, which would make the water less alkaline (more acidic). Third, there might be lots of algae growing in the pool. If any of these options sound unfamiliar, don’t worry, we’ll discuss them more in future articles. For now, we’ll move on to fixing your pool water.

Why Does It Need To Be Fixed?

Once we’ve established that your pool water is indeed tinted green, it’s important to consider why this is a problem. After all, if we’re going to tackle the issue of fixing your pool water, it would help to know how serious it is.

Firstly, the color of your pool water can be a potential health hazard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some bacteria are sensitive to certain colors of light, particularly green and blue. For this reason, the CDC recommends pool water be clear and colorless to avoid any health risks. As always, safe swimming practices and proper nutrition are key for staying healthy. You can read more about the CDC’s position on clear and colorless pool water here.

Secondly, excessive algae growth in your pool can clog the filter, which would eventually lead to slower water circulation and a rise in bacteria levels. If you’ve ever seen the movie Forrest Gump, you know exactly how undesirable algae growth in a pool can be. While it’s great to have a big, comfortable pool for swimming and relaxing, too much algae can make it less appealing. Algae also gives off a bad odor that some people are very sensitive to. Finally, high chlorination levels in your pool can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life, which again presents a health risk to swimmers. High chlorine levels can also cause your skin to peel, which is also terrible for your health.

How Does It Happen?

Excessive algae growth in your pool is more than likely the result of several different factors. There might be some kind of algae growth inhibitor in the water, but probably not. Most likely, there is some kind of imbalance between the amount of sunlight the pool is getting and how much food is being provided. When this happens, the algae will start taking over the pool, quickly covering every inch of it until it’s opaque. Once this happens, it’s almost impossible to get rid of the algae without replacing the entire pool.

Whatever the case may be, algae is never a good thing in or around a swimming pool. It’s impossible to know how much damage it will cause, so always be on the lookout for this problematic substance.

The Algae Problem

Algae blooms are nothing new. For years, people have been warning about the unhealthy effects of these blooms. If you’ve ever gone to the beach, chances are you’ve seen flocks of birds picking at the leftover buffet after the beach party is over. These are algal blooms, and they are perfectly natural. However, this natural phenomenon has become significantly more prevalent in the last decade or so. Sadly, this also means it’s easier for algae to take over a pool, especially if the nutrients are left unaddressed.

The good news is you can prevent almost all of the problems associated with algae growth in your pool. First and foremost, always maintain a proper balance between the amount of sunlight and artificial lighting you provide for your pool. If you think about it, sunlight is the best resource for plants and algae, and the less you interfere with it, the better everything will be.

In addition to this important factor, make sure your pool water is always changing. This helps keep things fresh and ensures there are always tons of nutrients for your algae to eat. Finally, make sure you clean your pool on a regular basis. Use the appropriate pool cleaner for the job, and clean the filter regularly. In most cases, this will be sufficient to keep your pool algae-free.

The Chlorine Problem

Your pool water might also be tinted green because of excessive chlorine levels. Chlorine is one of the most important chemicals in your pool, and it’s an all-natural substance. However, just like with the algae, too much chlorine can be quite dangerous. Remember, too much of anything is never a good thing, and this is especially true when it comes to chlorine.

The good news is there are several different ways to lower your pool’s chlorine levels. First, reduce the amount of time your pool is open to the public. The more people using your pool, the more likely it is that bacteria will multiply and cause problems. Second, install a submersible heater and run it continuously. This will help move the water quickly, which in turn reduces the amount of time your pool is open to the public and also reduces the amount of time your pool water will remain cloudy. Finally, consider an on-demand chlorination system, which will eliminate the need to store and mix chemicals manually. Just push a button, and the chlorinator will do the rest.

The pH Problem

Your pool water might be alkaline or acidic, which could cause all kinds of problems. Simply put, too much of anything is never a good thing, and this applies here as well. Too much alkaline in your pool will result in an excessive amount of algae growth as well. Too much acid will cause damage to some types of fish in your area. Remember, the pH levels of your pool water need to be between seven and eight for optimum swimming conditions.

Luckily, there are several different ways to fix your pH levels without having to resort to chemicals. Install an automatic pH neutralizer in your pool, which will automatically adjust the pH levels of your pool water to near-neutral as soon as you turn it on. Alternatively, you could manually check the pH levels of your water on a regular basis and make necessary adjustments. Just be careful not to put too much acid or alkaline into your pool.

The Food Problem

It’s also possible your pool is just plain ol’ dusty. If this is the case, it will be fairly easy to fix. All you need are a few good shakes and some fresh water. When you bring your pool into the backyard, it’s important to remember about 80% of its weight is water. This means it’s going to take a while for your fish to eat through all that food already in the pool. In most cases, this is all it takes to clear up some of the issues with uneaten food in a pool. Just be sure to clean it thoroughly afterward. This is especially important if there are any children or pets around the pool. Finally, make sure you remove all uneaten food at the end of each day. If there’s any left over, it’s most likely going to attract rats or other rodents, which could then bring in all kinds of nasty bacteria.

The Rodent Problem

If you see a dead rat or other rodent around your pool, it’s probably a good idea to have a professional investigate the problem. It could be rats or mice carrying a host of diseases, including salmonella, which could be very dangerous to your health. If it’s a ferret, it could potentially carry rabies. In either case, this is something you don’t want to deal with. Just be sure to call your local humane society or animal control officer and have them take care of it.

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