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Old 09-05-2016, 06:09 AM  
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Default Why does my pool remain green after multiple shock treatments?

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Old 09-05-2016, 08:56 AM  
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Because it has been allowed to go too far and need a massive dose to solve the problem. Get some rough dimensions of your pool size and depth and take a sample of your water to your nearest pool and spa supply dealer and they will tell you what to add and how much. There are also some good pool forums on line where all they talk about is this stuff.


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Old 09-13-2016, 07:00 PM  
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Without starting a new thread, how often should I run the pool pump?

I noticed that my electricity bill was sky high because I left it running 24/7.

What is the LEAST that I can run it?
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Many factors to tell you over the internet. How many gallons is the pool? How big is the filter? What kind of filter? Cartridge, DE, ? How many HP is the pump? How hot does it get where you live? Northern or southern exposure?

I have a small "spool" and is only about 10,000 gallons. I have a cartridge filter and a 1 1/2 HP pump. To take advantage of the lower electricity costs, I run my pump/filter from 0600 hours to about 0930 hours. It seems perfect to my southern exposure pool. For a large pool (as yours looks to be) I would guess 4-5 hours of run time in the summer, and 3-4 hours in the winter.

My advise is to get a pool guy over, pay him $50-$60 on a one time fee, and let him tell you if the water is old and needs to be replaced, and if your filter is running smooth. Or as advised above, take a sample to any pool supply business and they will test your water for free, and provide you very simple instructions on how to get it crystal clear.

BTW, I have a single (but large) cartridge filter. I need to clean it every 2-3 weeks to keep it running good. I just cleaned my filter this morning.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:25 AM  
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first, I see some sort of floating device to hold a chlorine tablet. that's worthless. It probably doesn't add enough chlorine to do much good. Many years ago, when I lived in miami, I had a pool that held 13,000 galons, I added 1 gallon of liquid chlorine every night and didn't shut off the pump until 2 hours had past. Adding the chlorine in the evening or at night let the chlorine work without having the sun weakening the chlorine I also turned on the pump/filter about 8 or 9 am, so it ran for about 12 to 14 hours each day Doing this, I never had an algae problem.
My suggestion to you is to add about 3 gallons of liquid pool chlorine at night and let the filter/pump run all night. The next day your pool will be sparkling.
One of the disadvantages of having a pool is that it will run up your elect. bill and chemicals aren't cheap. Also the maintenance is a pain in the a**, but that's the price you pay for having the luxury that a pool provides
Bite the bullet and use liquid pool chlorine (3/4 to 1 gal each night ), keep the pool water at a neutral PH and you wont have any more problems
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first, I see some sort of floating device to hold a chlorine tablet. that's worthless. It probably doesn't add enough chlorine to do much good. Many years ago, when I lived in miami, I had a pool that held 13,000 galons, I added 1 gallon of liquid chlorine every night and didn't shut off the pump until 2 hours had past. Adding the chlorine in the evening or at night let the chlorine work without having the sun weakening the chlorine I also turned on the pump/filter about 8 or 9 am, so it ran for about 12 to 14 hours each day Doing this, I never had an algae problem.
My suggestion to you is to add about 3 gallons of liquid pool chlorine at night and let the filter/pump run all night. The next day your pool will be sparkling.
One of the disadvantages of having a pool is that it will run up your elect. bill and chemicals aren't cheap. Also the maintenance is a pain in the a**, but that's the price you pay for having the luxury that a pool provides
Bite the bullet and use liquid pool chlorine (3/4 to 1 gal each night ), keep the pool water at a neutral PH and you wont have any more problems
How often do I need to add this to keep it clean?

What's the harm in letting the pool turn green if I can't afford the electric bill?
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How often do I need to add this to keep it clean?

What's the harm in letting the pool turn green if I can't afford the electric bill?
No harm in letting it turn green stock it with some bass and frogs and you will have a great little C’ment pond just like the Clampett’s had.
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you could make it your own fishin' hole like bud says or you can swim in it and make some doctor and hospital rich.
A pool without circulation and with green water will breed all different kinds of bacteria ( including the flesh eating bacteria where you can see your skin start to rot,, but that might be kind of neat to watch ) and bugs.
I would start by adding the 3 gallons of chlorine to clean and purify the water, If that doesn't help add 5 gallons. If that still doesn't help, drain the pool and scrub the entire pool with detergent and bleach. All this might seem drastic, but you've let this pool go all to hell and if you want to stay safe, it's necessary.
After you get this sewer cleaned out, go to any store that sell pool supplies (even wal-mart ) and get a chlorine and PH test kit, test you water daily and add the proper amount of chlorine and acid (usually )
until you get a safe reading. Soon you will know how much chemicals you will need on a daily basis
Most importantly, don't swim or use the pool until you get it right. If you can't afford the cost, fill it with sand
Oh yeah, dont forget to clean the filter. If its a sand and gravel filter change the sand and gravel, If it's a DE filter check the filaments and clean them , then add the required amount of the DE (diatomous earth )
Lots of work, but you caused it

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In my area, they use helicopters and satellite images and within a day of seeing a green pool, the local code enforcement cops are knocking at your door with a citation hand delivered to you. With green pools, it is an environment for mosquito breeding and is hazardous to not only you, but your entire neighborhood. One of the leading businesses in Southern California is pool demo companies. For a mere $20K, they will drain the water, cut two 2' x 2' holes at the bottom of your pool, and bust any incoming and outgoing plumbing to the pool. They then fill and pack DG into the hole until the plaster is covered.

My ex-wife did exactly this to the pool in the backyard that I lost in my divorce.


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