Swimming Pool : It was already green when we bought the house so we just let it be during the winter.
mary: Hang with me….First time pool owner here (came with the house we bought 😁). It was already green when we bought the house so we just let it be during the winter. Fast forward after following what Leslie’s pool said to do after testing the water(6 bags of shock and green to clear) we’ve now got a lightly cloudy but can see the bottom water..another sample put out says we’re in a chlorine lock 2 days ago(couldn’t see the bottom then) so to drain 12-18inches fill it up bring another sample. FF again 2 days later we can now see the bottom. Question here is we’ve still got a lot of stuff that needs to be vacuumed in the bottom as shown in the pic…should we vaccum before draining, do we still need to drain even though water conditions have changed and do I sample the water after draining or after draining then filled back up?!
charlene: How big is your pool? It looks like it would take more than 6 bags of shock to clear it up. My hubby usually does around 12 on start up and ours is usually just cloudy… never green. Ours is 20x 40. Also, we’ve never gone to Leslie’s for pool advice. Been pool owners for nearly 29 years.
mary: 16×32 or 36 I don’t remember exactly. 4ft all the way around so we were told by previous owners 12k gallons
charlene: hubby said have you vacuumed it yet?
jonathan: If you truly need to drain, you can vac to waste depending on your system. Post a picture of your equipment and we can tell you. Did they tell you your pH? High pH can cause cloudiness. It may just need to circulate. If it’s a DE filter with a cracked manifold or torn grid it may be blowing DE through the pool, though most of that will settle on the bottom. Start with sharing a picture of your equipment as well as the test results. Oh if you do dilute your water, test sample after filling back up so you can balance properly.
mary: I took the sample I had from 2 days ago around 12 inches under surface as the lady told me. I have the results in the car I’ll grab when I go out in a sec but never mentioned anything besides it being in a chlorine lock and needing to drain then refill and bring another sample to test.
aron: I’m simple terms, your cyanuric acid(stabilizer) is too high which basically makes your chlorine almost useless. The only way to lower that level is to dilute it. So, drain water and refill, repeat, repeat, repeat. Your cyanuric acid should ideally be 30-50. At that level, your chlorine will kill the algae without using all of the expensive algaecides.
brian: BIO-ACTIVE makes a product to reduce cyanuric acid.
glenn: my pool 🙂
brian: And the HOA pool I take care of
glenn: Home Owners Association. A neighborhood pool.
mary: It’s no walk in the park that’s for sure. Tons of videos I’ve watched to learn what I’m doing here but we’re officially ready to enjoy the pool in a couple weeks if weather warms up!
amber: Good job! It looks great