White Water Mold...HOW BOLD!
The apparent "white water mold" that appears in some pools is
really a form of bacteria. It's cause is unknown at this time. This
bacteria tends to form in and around fixtures, in the pipes,
skimmers, filters, and any dark areas, as well as, sometimes forming
a gel on the walls or being visible in the water itself.
I can't repeat how it's been described to me! It looks like cotton or
mulched up paper bits in the water. It also gets into the eyeball fittings and
under the ladder treads. You really need to check and clean these areas
thoroughly when bacteria is present, otherwise it will keep recurring.
It really is bold and stubborn!
RECOMMENDS THAT YOU:
- Place all equipment such as vac heads, hoses, brushes, nets, poles, auto
cleaners, etc. in the pool.
- Shock the pool heavily, at least twice the normal shock dose. It is not
proven but it appears, sometimes, that Algae Bomb may help when added with
the shock treatment.
- Add some shock or chlorine directly to the plumbing through the skimmer.
If you use chlorine tablets in the skimmer routinely then you are already
adding chlorine into the lines. If not, add chlorine tablets to the skimmer
as long as you do not have an above ground pool and you do not have a
main drain plumbed up to the skimmer so that the chlorine could gravity
feed down and possibly damage your liner. Make sure your filter is not
shut off for long periods of time with tablets in the skimmer. If you do not
wish to use chlorine tablets, simply pour a little shock directly into the
skimmer. Make sure, if you have an automatic chlorinator, that it is empty
at the time you do this. Shock treatments and chlorine tablets can sometimes
act unfavorably when combined.
- Vacuum out any visible slime growth then clean the vac head.
- Sponge out all fixtures and ladder treads and throw away the sponge.
- Repeat the process as much as necessary until the bacteria is gone.
- Acid wash your filter if you have a DE or Cartridge filter.