Need Help on Algae in my Swimming Pool!!

@jennybianca (12919)
Australia
November 20, 2009 8:57pm CST
When I got up this morning I discovered that my back yard swimming pool had turned green. That is the beginning of algea growth. Fortunately it hasnt got to the stage where aglea growth has adheared to the sides and walls, its simply floating around the water. I know its my fault. I had noticed that the alkalinity was very low a few days ago. I had kept the chlorine level up, although that fell over the past 2 days, & the PH is low too. I just raced outside then & put a heap of chlorine in. I know that is not enough. Would just buying alkalinity increaser be enough to kill off the algea? Or would I need to buy algaecide as well? Or a PH increaser? Or all three? I do need to keep my costs as low as possible, but on the other hand, if I dont treat it early, it will be more expensive to clear up. Hope there are My Lotters out there who know about pool maintenance. Thanks.
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• United States
21 Nov 09
we usually buy "shock" kits,as they call them. will usually kill it overnight,the change from green to useable is amazing.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
21 Nov 09
I ended up buying algaecide at $40.. a rip off. I did more reading last night, & yes, I think I need the shock treatment. I had put lots more chlorine in, but it wasnt the shock kind.
@jnmbrown (19)
• United States
21 Nov 09
I would recommend contacting a local pool store and asking them their opinion in the matter. I def wouldn't wait long though because you don't want to have to have your pool drained, cleaned and refilled again...not pretty!
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
21 Nov 09
Algae can be cleaned without draining the pool, but it is a very big job. Yes, I have a local pool store.