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    Slick Walls

    First month with my new pool. I was brushing the pool today. I noticed the wall was slick, almost slimy. Is this normal? Once I brushed it was fine. Water is clear. Numbers are good.
    10,000 gallon above ground. Somerset, NJ. City water. Hayward SP1580 Power Flo 1 HP pump, De filter. 8.25% bleach. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Slick Walls

    No, it usually means you've got some algae developing.

    What are your numbers exactly? Define "good"??? How are you testing and how are you chlorinating your pool??
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    Re: Slick Walls

    Yep, sounds like algae. Usually due to low chlorine in the pool. We need test results, more here on what we are looking for, Pool School - Read This BEFORE You Post
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    Re: Slick Walls

    FC 4.5
    pH 7.5
    cya 40
    TA 90

    i use bleach. TF100 test kit.
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    Re: Slick Walls

    CC reading? I would go ahead and elevate your FC. Slimy walls/floor are a first indicator of algae.

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    Re: Slick Walls

    Cc 0. Just rechecked it.

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    The 4.5 was just before my nightly bleach addition.
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    Re: Slick Walls

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    Okay, good sign!

    Brush, brush, brush, (everywhere), and keep your FC on the higher side. You might have caught it in time.... Let's hope!

    If I can't get in the pool, I always at least reach in and feel my sides. When I do get in, I always feel the floor, corners, and less well-circulated areas carefully. I have not had a "slimy feel" in eons, but I always check.

    Keep a careful eye on CC and FC loss just in case!

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    If you don't want to SLAM the pool now I would at least raise the FC to 10 and brush at least once a day to expose the algae to the chlorine. It is safe to swim with chlorine up to shock level for your CYA, Chlorine CYA Chart

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    Re: Slick Walls

    Quote Originally Posted by Dupes View Post
    FC 4.5
    pH 7.5
    cya 40
    TA 90

    i use bleach. TF100 test kit.
    algae on the walls can develop a biofilm that protects it from the chlorine, that's why brushing is needed. I brush my pool only once a week and I don't get any forming. how often are you brushing? I would brush it pretty hard and then do a OCLT to confirm. you may need a SLAM to knock it out, but would only probably take a day or two since you don't have much
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