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How Do I Treat Pool Water?

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I have a "paddling" pool, 8 foot diameter, about 3 foot deep. I filled it 2 weeks ago and the water's not looking great now. It's still reasonably clear but there are a few tiny bugs in it (larvae of some sort??). I'm a bit reluctant to drain it all and start again, so is there anything I can use to treat the water at this late stage? I'd like something which isn't going to damage the garden when I drain it.

Any suggestions??


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Hi there

Smaller bugs typically feed on algae which bring in larger bugs.

Wiping down the pool walls will eliminate slimy algae growths. Skimming and vacuuming will gather more. Finally, shocking the pool (high concentrated chlorine) will kill the rest of the algae and likely many bugs, too. Another brush down and vacuum job and thorough skimming and filtration should remove dead algae and bugs. Adding shock during the night prevents the sun from dissipating it too quickly.

Over time the chlorine will decrease as it is exposed to weather/heat, so you won't have to worry about emptying the pool later on in the season. Just don't keep adding chlorine close to the time you are planning on closing it down.

This is the most efficient way to get rid of the problem.

Hope this helps

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