What You Need to Do To Get Rid of Pool Foam Easily and Swiftly

Get that pesky pool foam out of your eyes and ears. Here are some tips on how to identify what causes it, how to reduce the foam, and how to maintain a healthy pool throughout the year.

Sometimes foamy pools look pretty cool, like a big bubble bath ready for you.

Party Pool Foam

But a foamy pool can be a nightmare for pool owners. It settles on the floor of your pool, sticks to your filter and will eventually clog your filter and ultimately ruin your summer. Luckily there are multiple methods to get rid of it entirely with just a few easy steps! 

Here are some great tips for getting rid of that annoying foam. Read through the article below to identify what causes pool foam, how you can get rid of it, and how to keep your pool healthy throughout the year. 

What is Pool Foaming?

A foamy pool is what it sounds like. It’s a pool that looks like there are loads of foam in it. Foam can be white, blue, green or any other colour depending on the kind of chemicals or pH level your pool has.

Foamy in Pool

Just remember this rule: if you see bubbles on the surface of your water when you open up your skimmer basket (or anywhere else), then you have foam!

Pool foam is a natural occurrence in pools, and while it may seem gross, it’s not necessarily bad for your pool. 

However, if you have a considerable amount of foam on your surface or if it’s thick enough that it clogs the filter and affect circulation, then there may be a problem with your pool. Many things can cause the excessive foam to accumulate in a pool, like improper sanitation, an algae bloom, or old or dirty filters.

What Causes Pool Foaming?

Many things can cause excessive amounts of foam in a pool. These include improper sanitation, an algae bloom, and old or dirty filters. It is also possible for a pool to foam if there is an imbalance of your water’s pH level or chlorine level, which can be caused by using too much acid or too little chlorine.

Some chemicals used in pools, such as chlorine and acid wash, can cause pool foaming as they react with other substances and the sun’s UV light to create bubbles. 

Some factors that influence the occurrence of pool foaming are weather conditions, rainfall and even wind velocity. The type of pool you have will also determine how much foam it will produce when opened up for use. 

How to Clear Pool Foam in Few Simple Steps

The good news is that you can easily combat pool foaming; however, you should expect it to be time-consuming. This solely depends on what created it in the first place!

For instance, if the pool foam is caused by algaecide or cheap chemicals you’ve bought online, it mostly will go away on its own after a few days.

However, if a significant concentration of organic matter causes the problem, it will almost certainly need some serious cleaning efforts.

Step 1: Test Your Pool’s Chemistry Levels

Test Your Pool’s Chemistry Levels

Pool foaming means your chlorine levels and alkalinity are off, so make sure you correct those in the process. 

The main thing you should have a look at is the pH and alkalinity level.

Your pools pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.6, and alkalinity must be between 100 and 150 ppm. 

Step 2: Chlorine or Non-Chlorine Shock Your Pool

chlorine or non-chlorine shock

If you notice your pool foaming, adjusting both these levels might be all you need to do to make your pool clear again. 

However, if your pool is very filthy or has been a long time since you have cleaned it, you will need to shock it with chlorine or non-chlorine shock. To give your pool the greatest chance of working, shock it around nightfall and let it operate overnight.

The following day, check all of your pool’s levels and make any necessary adjustments. Then, if necessary, repeat the procedure.

Step 3: Drain a Little and Refill With Fresh Water

If your pool’s chemistry is entirely out of whack, or if you’ve had a large number of bathers for a long time, you may need to drain a portion of the water and replace it with new water.

After completing this step, it’s usually a good idea to shock the pool as a precautionary measure.

Then you can test your chemicals and make sure everything is in balance.

Step 4: Buy an Anti-Foam Chemical

If any of these methods don’t get the job done, you may purchase an anti-foam chemical or create your own, both of which should work quickly to remove any foam that has formed.

This is an excellent option if your pool has just been cleaned and you only have a small amount of foam.

However, if your pool is very filthy, this will just serve as a bandage to the underlying problem, and your pool should be shocked and thoroughly cleaned.

Step 5: Examine Your Filtering System

Examine Your Filtering System

If you’re not sure what’s causing the foam, you can also examine your filtering system to ensure it’s in good operating condition.

Ensure the skimmers are cleaned out or backwashed, there is no calcium accumulation, and that the motor is operating when the pump is turned on.

Preventing Pool Foam

Preventative measures are always preferable to attempting to discover a solution after the fact!

Therefore, before swimming in your pool, we suggest that all swimmers take a mild shower to remove cosmetics such as hair spray, deodorant, soap, body lotion, shampoo, oil, makeup, and laundry detergent that may have accumulated on their skin.

Pool foam looks icky, and it seems to be a difficult task to deal with, but as long as you know the root of the problem, it is simple to get rid of pool foam. Keeping the chemical balance of your pool is a surefire method to ensure that you never have to deal with that annoying foam again.

Below are a few of our best pool guides to help you keep your pool clean and healthy. Swimming in a safe and clean pool will be fun for you and your family!

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Brian Anderson

The rather dry pool world out there is in need of some passion to make it shine. With the help of my son Ruben and his wife Maria our mission is to help you create the favorite spot of your house - your pool.

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