PSC Ep. 55: How to remove oil from pool water?

PSC Ep. 55: How to remove oil from pool water?

In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • How to remove oil from pool water?

“I’m noticing an oily film on the surface of my pool, what could be causing this and how do I get rid of it?”

We suggest a product like  Natural Chemistry’s Pool Perfect which is a natural enzyme that attacks the oil and eats it up before it gets into your filter. Another option would be something like a Scumbug, which is almost like a sponge type material that you put in your skimmer that can soak up those oils. SCUMBUG & ULTRA MITT

Or if you want to go with a low-tech and the least inexpensive option, use a brand new tennis ball. The felt on the outside soaks up all the oils, and then you have a brand new chew toy for your dog or your baby, who cares. If you have any questions about more topics such as this or this topic particularly, leave a comment down below. Stay golden, bye. 

3 thoughts on “PSC Ep. 55: How to remove oil from pool water?

  1. An unknown person spilled motor oil into my pool by taking off its lid and throwing if right at it over the fence and I had no idea about how to get it out of my pool. Despite looking at multiple forums online and asking shops where they sell pool gadgets, I couldn’t find any solution. At first, I tried cleaning it up with paper towels but it did not work. And then I used a large sponge that I got from the sunbed of my deck andI cut the right size where it would perfectly fit inside of the skimmer. I put the sponge right in skimmer so that it would filter the water and trap the oil. Then I turned on the pool pump and adjust the water’s direction to the skimmer.I used the hose the push the water in the pool to the skimmer as well so that it would filter out the oil faster. Iwhen I noticed it got dirty so that it would got replaced with the clean part. When the whole thing got dirty I just put a new sponge. I noticed a drastic improvement within couple of hours. At the end of three days, I took out the filter and cleaned the oil that was on both the filter’s lid and the filter itself with detergent and water. I let the detergent wait on the plastic container for around an hour or two to make sure it really dissolved the oil before I put it right back in the skimmer. After a week, there wasn’t even a drop of oil left. In order to make sure, I cleansed the filter once again with detergent and put it back on.

  2. Just read your explanation of how to circulate chemicals/Shock in your pool when the pump is not running. You wrote that if you have a robotic cleaner (which I do) that you should keep it running to help circulate the water and chemicals. BUT my Polaris robotic cleaner manual says not to run it when you’ve added shock to the pool. So what should I do?

    1. Most manufacturer instructions will err on the cautious side. The majority of pool owners I have come across leave their cleaner in the pool most of the time unless they are swimming. If you are shocking on a weekly basis then I would take it out. But if you have a properly balanced pool and shock the pool once a month or less, it shouldn’t hurt the cleaner.

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