When a pool is neglected, it quickly deteriorates into a nasty algae infested mess that is unsightly and a potential health hazard. When a pool is in such a state of disarray, a process known as a ‘cleanup’ is required. A cleanup simply refers to all the steps associated with turning a nasty mess into a beautiful swimming pool. Knowing the proper procedures for a cleanup will save significant time and money. There are three factors to consider when starting a cleanup. First, note the characteristics of the pool and the condition of the water. Second, check the equipment and make a list of any parts that will need to be replaced. Third, develop a plan of attack and begin the cleanup process. With the right knowledge; a cleanup can be a very satisfying process. In a short time, you will witness a useless swamp turn into a sparkling aquatic environment that the entire family can enjoy!
Unfortunately, there is not a “one size fits all” approach to cleaning a pool that is in a horrible state of disarray. All pools are different and what method to use for cleaning depends on several factors (length of time the pool has been green, amount of debris in the pool, condition of equipment, etc.). When someone calls me to do a cleanup, one of the first questions I ask is if the pool has a screen over it. Unscreened pools can be a nightmare due to all the leaves/debris that can accumulate on the bottom.
After you clear the water (either by flocing or filtering or a combination of both), you can start balancing the pool water. If needed, add stabilizer and adjust the total alkalinity.
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