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  1. Hello, I’m pretty new to Pool stuff but was doing well until 1 or 2 weeks ago. Then algae arrived and I began researching. The first time I just shocked the pool. Talked to a pool place and they directed me to brush the pool and then shock (makes sense). So I brushed the pool and shocked it again. I made sure the filter cartridge was rinsed and had the pump running. It went away for a day or two. The cover doesn’t stay on completely and it stormed. Algae returned. So I brushed the pool and shocked again. Filter rinsed several times and pump ran. The next day it looked better so I tested the levels and added what I needed. It’s back again. The pool isn’t at my house and my girlfriend isn’t always able to keep up with it. So I’m thinking of just draining the entire pool (good opportunity to also remove an annoying rock under the floor). Is this a good idea just to start over? Once it’s filled I assume I test the water and add whatever is needed? Do I need to shock it right away? My pool is a Polygroup Summerwaves 12’x30” RX 600 series. It holds 1,471 gallons (5,568 litreS) I’m going out to buy cartridge cleaner to ensure all algae is killed from the current cartridge filter. All stores and pool centres are completely sold out. Amazon’s won’t arrive until September so I need to ensure the one I have lasts the rest of summer. Any help, suggestions or tips are appreciated. Thank you in advance!
  2. We opened our pool after two years, we moved to our house two years back and last summer did not open the pool. This year we got a pool guy who opened the pool and I explained to him everything, he said he will work with us. So after opening he suggested to shock it, we shocked it almost a month everyday Algae in the pool cleared up to some extend but still could not see the bottom of the pool, so then the pool guy suggested to add Phoshfree but after we stopped shock and put phosfree the pool got worse, and after that I gave up since we already spent $600. Now we just want to close the pool, what chemicals can we add so we can just close it and deal with this next summer since we really can not afford to spend more. I checked estimate of draining the pool which costs $1200 so for now we can not do that. I am not sure we should drain it ourselves without experts, as its a vinyl pool, 14,000 gallons of water and Sand filter. So can we drain the pool and use some chemicals to clean the pool and refill water, I know everyone recommends that we should not completely drain vinyl pool but there does not seem to any other choice.
  3. Firstly, thank you to everyone who shares their knowledge here. I have spent hours reading posts over the last few weeks and it's been a great education for me. I have a 17ft swim spa, so it's bigger than a hot tub but smaller than a pool. Volume is about 2000 gallons. Bromine system with a chlorine generator. Bought it last August. Lots of fun, no major issues. From my reading here I have learned a few things that demonstrate how bad the advice was from the pool store after installation..live and learn... - my FC levels have always been low (1 or lower). The advice of "check it once a week" with a test strip is clearly not enough for a bromine swim spa that is in the sun. Whatever FC is generated from adding oxidizer burns off that day. Weekly checks leave many days where FC was probably very low. - the generator is a nice idea but it really can't keep up with both bather load and sunlight combined. - I have since switched to using Clorox as my oxidizer , putting it in basically every night, using the pool calculator to target an FC level of 5. Hit it over the last couple of days so I am getting a feel for that. The water was slightly cloudy before I moved to Clorox, it's clearer now. The possible algae... - I started seeing what looked like small globs of dirt on the bottom of the spa last week, a week or so after a pool party the kids had (heavy bather load) - tried cleaning the filter etc but it persisted - created a basic siphon using tubing from the local hardware store..it tends to break up very quickly into a wispy sort of cloud but was able to get most of it out...but it returned overnight each time. - pool water is otherwise clear, easy to see the bottom, crystal clear when you go under water with googles on. So... - because I learned my lesson too late and low FC levels have occurred, plus 4 kids using it a number of times on top of regular bather load, I have to think Algae is a real possibility. - given I have a bromine spa I think I have two options 1- shock using instructions I have found in these forums. I would plan to add enough bleach to take FC over 10 and watch for overnight loss. I have a test kit on the way, they are not as easy to find in Canada. Question- given I have a bromine spa, any alterations to the usual a shock instructions I need to know? 2- I could dump the water. Since it's essentially a big spa and not a pool, a water change is an option. But...if it is algae a simple water dump won't solve the problem I would still need to shock I would think, so I am not sure this option gets me very far. I am open to other thoughts and input. I kick myself for not getting educated sooner but I believed the idea that I had a "self cleaning" spa and did not pay enough attention to water chemistry., plus the guidelines I were given really seem woefully inadequate given all that I have learned on these forums. I have found the learning here very beneficial, it's more than I have ever learned from the pool store folks, and I am moving towards using the simple products outlined in the BBB method to manage my water. Thanks all, advice appreciated
  4. My 10-year-old inground gunite pool needs some tile repair and I'm hoping someone can give me advice. There is one section of about 8 small tiles that all popped off and I saved them all, so those need to be repaired/re-attached. No more have come off in probably 3 years and I don't know why they came off in the first place. Can I do that myself or hire a professional? The rest of the tiles around the perimeter seem to get mold or algae in them. I started using a solar blanket and maybe that is causing the mold issue, I'm not sure. I scrub the grout with a wire brush to loosen/clean the grout and there is enough chlorine in the pool but it seems to come back fast, especially near the skimmer basket. I noticed the grout between the tiles is not flush with the tiles - is re-grouting tiles at the pool perimeter something that is normal upkeep? Or am I doing something wrong? Is there a better way to clean the grout other than wire brush? Should I be using a chemical also? Or will re-grouting help the issue of the algae/mold forming between the tiles?
  5. Having had problems with green algae (mainly due to high cyanuric acid), I wonder if anyone knows if algae can grow in pure distilled water? I believe it will not. The reason I ask is that maybe a dose of green algae is good for a pool now and again as it may thrive on the impurities introduced to the pool over many years. My theory is that the following the treatment to remove the algae, i.e. shocking and floccing, the algae is removed, containing (hopefully) all those contaminants. Since experiencing this my pool has been perfectly clear and 'shiny', its very best for many years. Just a thought, has anyone else experienced this?
  6. I have a in ground 40,000 gallon pool, with a variable 1 horse power speed pool pump, with DE filter. I have several questions? with a pool that size how long should i be running the pump, and should it be set to run at lower rpms for the greater part of the duration of running the pump? what is the best type of chlorine to use?, powder or liquid?, how much should I use? i have a 1 floater, is it enough? is it better to run the pool pump at night or during the day, is there a difference? how strong should the chlorine be? does it matter if a dog swims in the pool? issues with pool: walls always get yellow, pool does not stay clear, does having a dog require more chlorine?
  7. Greetings, I have been reading the forum for about an hour looking for a solution to the problem in my mom's above ground, easy set pool. It's going crazy with algae and she wants to shock it but the chemistry is all out of norm. I think I have a plan, but would like to double check and get some advice. Here's the lowdown: Pool Type Intex easyset pool: 15'x4' 4440 gallons (though not quite full, maybe around 4000 gallons) SWG- intex brand (I think, it's from Walmart) Levels CYA 150 TA >240 PH >8.4 FC 0 Hardness 1000 Salt 8.0- 6140ppm (I'm transcribing exactly how my mom sent the values, not sure what the two different values mean here, but it seems high nonetheless) edit: tested with HTH 6 in 1 test kit strips. Misc info She has the SWG running from 8pm-11pm nightly like the book recommends. We have very hard well water with high pH (our area has a lot of limestone) My mom runs a water softening unit that also uses salt and the water that filled the pool went through this first. edit: she has never added anything to it except for the initial salt as instructed by the SWG booklet. Tentative Plan- please advise 1. Lower the CYA level by draining part of the water and refilling (but what if the well water is high in CYA? Maybe I should test it?) Also how much to drain? 1/2? 2. Add an acid to bring down the alkalinity. Which product is best for very alkaline/high pH well-water? 3. Add an acid to bring down the pH. Isn't this redundant? Use same product? 4. Brush the pool. Seems self-explanatory. 5. Shock the pool. Which product do you advise for use with SWG? 6. Vacuum the pool. Advice on a vacuum for an AGP would be appreciated, we don't have one. Thanks in advance!
  8. I had green algae in my pool when opening and had to drain it but obviously couldn't get all of it out, I also need to adjust the chemicals. How do you recommend me getting rid of the algae? Should I do all steps necessary to get rid of the algae before or after I adjust all my chemicals? Thank you!
  9. Sorry I'm on a break at work and don't have brand names, but I'll do the best I can to describe my problem. My pool has a small mesh filter attached to the end of the cleaner hose that fits in the pool wall. We have a lot of trees that drop debris in the fall and spring, and this filer gets plugged multiple times a day basically shutting down my pool cleaner. The trees aren't dropping as much now that it's summer, but the filter still gets clogged daily. Once I hose it out and replace it, the sweep works great. The problem is that I don't have time to do that every day, so my pool looks like Loc Ness. I talked with a buddy of mine who does pool service, but unfortunately is too busy to do a housecall for me, and he said that filter should only need a cleaning every couple of months. He said most only need semi or annual cleanings. He said this indicated something upstream in the pump that's broken. I'm a web developer not a pool guy. Can anyone suggest where I'd start? The pool is a lovely combination of green and brown algae now. I had the chemicals absolutely dialed in two weeks ago, but unless I clean that wall filter daily the chemicals go south on me. Thanks in advance - sleepydad
  10. Greetings, Sensei of swimology. I have a concrete pool-about 10 years old. This year (I think possibly due to the extraordinarily mild winter), our algae was a nightmare to get under control. To achieve clear water, we did a few rounds of shock at 100oz Day 1, 70 oz Day 2 , and 30 oz Day 3. Our pool is 39,000 gallons. Finally, the pool is clear and the water is well balanced. But we have a lot of algae that is adhered to the walls & floor that simply will not brush off-and is still green. We do brush it & the water clouds up until the filter pulls out the algae that is floating, but we still have algae embedded. Our filter is a DE system, about 2-3 years old. For the last couple of years, we moved away from the stabilized tablets because our water was "over-stabilized" to quote our local guy. How do we remove the embedded algae? Thank you.
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