No one wants to swim in a moldy pool. Even though chlorine kills most bacteria, mold can be unsightly and the airborne spores can get exacerbate people with asthma or allergies. Mold removal is important for any space you plan on using – pools included. Common places for mold to form include: diving boards, slides, decks, vents, vinyl liners, and pool accessories.
The first thing you want to do is identify the extent of the problem by examining the pool thoroughly. Many people aren’t sure what to look for, so they call a mold removal specialist for a second opinion. These experts can help you clean your filter — without contaminating the rest of the pool – and scrub any black mold spots off your vinyl liner. They not only have the right expertise to get the job done right the first time, but they also have industrial-strength products and tools on hand that more effectively combat pervasive mold. In addition to mold removal, they seek to find the root problem so you will not have a recurrence.
If you prefer the DIY method, you can try a product like Wet & Forget to clean your spots. Areas with green moss, mold or mildew will take 3-4 weeks to clean. Areas with severe black mold and mildew will take 8 weeks, with good rainfall.
Often, cleaning mold spots will require a secondary cleaning, with all fallen particles vacuumed away. Unsightly stains can be cleaned by placing a chlorine tablet inside an old sock and scrubbing. Keep in mind: this is only to remove stains – not for mold removal. Once you turn the pump back on, you’ll need to use pH strips to test the water’s balance and chlorine level. Maintaining the proper chemical balance in your pool is essential for discouraging the return of mold and mildew.