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One opaque greenout costs about $100 in chlorine, chlorine enhancer
("Yellow Treat", "Stop Yellow" etc), phosphate killer, DE powder and
electricity for the pump. It also costs over 10 hours of your labor.
Don't let it happen!|
When I say "opaque greenout", I don't mean a swamp. If various lifeforms are happily living in your pool, and the pool smells like a stagnant pond in the woods, you're at a whole nother level of hurt, possibly costing thousands and requiring 20 hours a week of your labor for 5 weeks. If that's your situation, see Steve Litts Pool Resurrection Page.
My meaning of "opaque greenout" is a solid green pool where you can see no blue bottom, but one or two weeks ago the pool was just starting to get a green tinge. It happens fast.
As I write this page, it's been a year since the resurrection of
our pool. The pool has had good times and bad. For most of the summer
after the resurrection I took care of the pool and it remained
immaculate. But then came a winter of neglect, followed by a bad pump
impeller (probably caused by that neglect), and then a bout with
chlorine resistent algae.
I've discovered two things:
|Nowadays I brush the pool twice a week, and you can see almost no junk when I brush it. The pool is consistently crystal clear, as you can see in the photo to the left. I use less effort to get more results.|
|Salinity phosphate remover is advertised to be used with salt
pools (I guess the kind that create chlorine from salt). I don't have a
salt pool, but the guy at the local pool store said it would work just
fine on any pool, and indeed it worked well on my pool. This brand
seems to have the advantage of removing roughly the same phosphate per
bottle, and it costs a little less per bottle. In other words, it seems
to have a price advantage.
This product is available from Pinch-A-Penny stores. The Pinch-A-Penny chain has stores in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. As far as I know, you cannot order this product online.
There may be side effects of using a salt water phosphate remover on a non-salt-water pool. If you know of any, please email me.
|PHOSfree phosphate remover seems to be more widely available
than Salinity. The only reason I don't use it is economic -- it seems
to cost a little more per bottle and removes roughly the same
phosphate per bottle, at least according to what I've learned so far.
PHOSfree is manufactured by Natural Chemistry (http://www.naturalchemistry.com). Their website lists several retailers, including Leslies Swimming Pool Supplies. I bought mine at a bricks and mortar Leslies Swimming Pool Supplies store.
If you know a reason why PHOSfree is worth the apparent higher cost, or reasons why it really does not cost more, or a less expensive source of this product, please email me.
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