Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 23

Thread: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

  1. Back To Top    #1
    awarsoca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    64

    Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    So I had my level down low in preparation for some serious rain but I wasn't prepared for the road behind me to overflow into the neighbors yard and wash down into my pool )c:
    How much of the pool am I going to have to drain to get it back to where I can get the chems correct?
    https://youtu.be/HStAARMvSbU
    Clint
    Pics of the build process
    34x16x25 Lagoon IG Vinyl 14,800gal (Oxford Tile/Glimmerglass 20mil)
    Pentair: Intelliflo VS3050 pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Clean and Clear 320 cartridge filter, LA01N 3/4hp booster pump and Polaris 280 cleaner

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Texas Splash's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio
    Posts
    12,955

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Uhg. Joaquin was not very nice to you. If your pool does not have overflow relief, you'll have to drain on your own back to your normal water level - probably somewhere with the waterline halfway to 3/4 up the skimmer opening. From there, all you can do is manually remove any debris that may have gone in the pool (that you can see), then check your chemicals by testing with your kit. Adjust as necessary. You will probably need to implement a SLAM as your pool will be struggling with a high combined chlorine level if some contaminants flowed-in the pool. You have the option to drain more water to help clear it faster, but you won't be able to drain it all. In fact, I suspect the higher water table in your area may prevent you from going too low right now, so I'd be very careful about how much you drain. I suspect time, good filtering (cleaning), and chemical adjustments will be the course of action for a while. Eventually a lot of the muck and dirt should settle allowing you to vacuum it better as well. Thanks for posting the video.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
    Vital Links: POOL SCHOOL, RECOMMENDED LEVELS, RECOMMENDED CHEMICALS, Poolmath Calculator, SLAM, Chlorine/CYA CHART.
    If you enjoyed your TFP experience, please consider donating to Support TFP!

  3. Back To Top    #3
    awarsoca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    64

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    thanks so much. I was hoping that was the answer. Much more work, but better that way. I have the vac hose in and am siphoning it down now but we have 4 more hours of torrential rains they say
    Clint
    Pics of the build process
    34x16x25 Lagoon IG Vinyl 14,800gal (Oxford Tile/Glimmerglass 20mil)
    Pentair: Intelliflo VS3050 pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Clean and Clear 320 cartridge filter, LA01N 3/4hp booster pump and Polaris 280 cleaner

  4. Back To Top    #4
    Texas Splash's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio
    Posts
    12,955

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Sorry about your troubles. I'm sure (in time) it will all settle and you'll have that water crystal clear again. Just takes time. Stay safe.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
    Vital Links: POOL SCHOOL, RECOMMENDED LEVELS, RECOMMENDED CHEMICALS, Poolmath Calculator, SLAM, Chlorine/CYA CHART.
    If you enjoyed your TFP experience, please consider donating to Support TFP!

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    26,703

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    TS has you covered. I just wanted to jump in and give you a hug

    Time, filter, bleach, beer will all work together to get your pool back to clear.

    Is this the first time this has happened? I wonder about running a raised wall along that part of your yard in the future to push the water away from the pool. Use the video to show you where the water went and how to redirect.

    I am looking at your build now. NEAT stuff!

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

  6. Back To Top    #6
    awarsoca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    64

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Beer may not cut this, may need copious amount of hard liquor LOL
    Clint
    Pics of the build process
    34x16x25 Lagoon IG Vinyl 14,800gal (Oxford Tile/Glimmerglass 20mil)
    Pentair: Intelliflo VS3050 pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Clean and Clear 320 cartridge filter, LA01N 3/4hp booster pump and Polaris 280 cleaner

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Texas Splash's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio
    Posts
    12,955

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
    Vital Links: POOL SCHOOL, RECOMMENDED LEVELS, RECOMMENDED CHEMICALS, Poolmath Calculator, SLAM, Chlorine/CYA CHART.
    If you enjoyed your TFP experience, please consider donating to Support TFP!

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Northern IL
    Posts
    4,615

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Be careful about draining too much as the water begins to recede. When you can start to drain, I would suggest only going right below where your liner goes into the coping. There will still be a lot of pressure from ground water so you want your pool as full as it can be without letting it creep behind the liner at the coping. You don't want your liner to float.

  9. Back To Top    #9
    txnole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Amelia Island, FL
    Posts
    543

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Just wanted to pass on good wishes for you and your neighbors.
    COMPLETED BUILD THREAD - 15'x29' rectangular offset shotcrete pool; 14,100 gal; 5'x7' raised spa with 400k btu fire feature; 7' spillover; 25' leuder stone raised bond wall w/waterfall; Pentair SWG; Pentair VS (pool); Pentair 3/4hp feature pump; 1hp spa blower; Pentair Cartridge filter; Pentair “Easy Touch 8” wireless; Dolphin Oasis Z5 robot; Solar Hydronics iSwim solar panels; Mansard Screen Enclosure; walnut travertine deck; 1 very happy kiddo.

  10. Back To Top    #10
    northrn's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    532

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    oh my...

    here, I'll get you started. drunk_1.gif
    27' AG 18K Gallons ~ Cartridge Filter ~ Pentair 1.5 HP Pump

  11. Back To Top    #11

    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Hope Mills, NC
    Posts
    556

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post

    Is this the first time this has happened? I wonder about running a raised wall along that part of your yard in the future to push the water away from the pool. Use the video to show you where the water went and how to redirect.
    This was a 1000 year storm, "in the future" may be several hundred years away. I wouldn't worry too much about it happening again.
    16 x 32 17500 gallons
    Vinyl in-ground
    Hayward 250# Sand Filter
    1 HP Pump
    Hayward SWG

  12. Back To Top    #12
    awarsoca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    64

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Some advice please, Lets presume the pool has dirt and debris in the bottom from the rain runoff.
    I have a cartridge filter and a pumpside polaris.
    I ran the polaris for five minutes and the bag filled up.
    I am going to start scraping the bottom with the net.

    Should I run the pump? I know I will have to be cleaning the strainer basket pretty often if I do
    Clint
    Pics of the build process
    34x16x25 Lagoon IG Vinyl 14,800gal (Oxford Tile/Glimmerglass 20mil)
    Pentair: Intelliflo VS3050 pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Clean and Clear 320 cartridge filter, LA01N 3/4hp booster pump and Polaris 280 cleaner

  13. Back To Top    #13
    Helen203's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Annapolis, MD
    Posts
    813

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Best of luck to you, awarsoca, you sure got a huge amount of rain!!


    My Pool Build (2015): inground 12K gals gunite/plaster pool, SWG, 2-speed pump, cartridge filter, gas heater, and polaris cleaner (Jandy). TF-100 Test Kit w/ Speed Stir

  14. Back To Top    #14
    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    26,703

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Is there any way you can get your hands on a cheap sub pump to pump the gunk out??? May be worth it to buy a cheap harbor freight one.

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

  15. Back To Top    #15
    Swampwoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Posts
    3,535

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Awasoca, I second the trash pump to help clean it with one caveat....you will need to add water as fast as you pump it out, because with the water table so high, you don't want to risk the liner.

    So you might be a candidate for "the sheet method" -- which is the safe way to change water in a vinyl liner. Dct Tape together visqueen plastic you can get at home depot, lay it on top of pool (with extra on sides for ultimate depth), add the fresh water on top of it while using trash pump below to get rid of the sludge.

    You'll still have to slam, but it will be easier once you get the mud out

    Depending on how much storm sludge is in there, you could clog your lines just filtering...in which case (if you're doing it) get a drain snake that works with a hose in case you have to clear the lines.

    When I recovered a foreclosure swamp, I'd kept main drain 3/4 closed in beginning to help avoid clogs until I'd gotten much of the debris out. I DIDN'T use a trash pump cause I didn't know about sheet method...but would never go that route again knowing what I now know

    Sendin ya the light for a smooth recovery!
    In ground extended Grecian, 22,000 gal, Hayward 220t sand filter, vinyl liner, dolphin m4 supreme.
    If TFP has helped you, please click to SUPPORT TFP!
    Helpful Links:
    GET A TEST KIT Chlorine/CYA Chart How to SLAM About Metals & Stains

  16. Back To Top    #16
    Swampwoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Posts
    3,535

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    P.s. if the soil is uber fine in your area, this may also at a later stage of remedy be a case (they're rare) to actually use Alum floc to clot the fine particles together and let them drop, then vacuum to waste. But that ay be more of a "finishing" step right before Slam to reduce whatever particulate is left -- I wouldn't count on it working with your current load and turbidity.

    pPS - I'm sending you imaginary 18 year old scotch, because I don't think beer's gonna cut this one
    In ground extended Grecian, 22,000 gal, Hayward 220t sand filter, vinyl liner, dolphin m4 supreme.
    If TFP has helped you, please click to SUPPORT TFP!
    Helpful Links:
    GET A TEST KIT Chlorine/CYA Chart How to SLAM About Metals & Stains

  17. Back To Top    #17
    Divin Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Longview, Texas
    Posts
    4,926

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    I dont think this will be as bad as you might imagine. More than anything, its mostly just dirt and mud.
    When it stops raining, turn off the pump and let the suspended dirt in the water settle to the bottom for a day or 2, then vacuum to waste. LIkely that you'll have to repeat the process a time or 2 before letting your filter get the last bit.

    When you're to the point for the filter to take over, then test to see if you need to slam or not, and go from there.
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge.
    www.tftestkits.net Experience- it's what's learned just after you needed it most !!

  18. Back To Top    #18
    awarsoca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    64

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    Update!
    I dragged the bottom with the scoop net and managed to get a bunch of debris out. Mostly leaves and straw. After lots of Rum, I decided to turn on the pump. I run a cartridge filter. After a couple hours, I realized I was losing the flow. I popped the cartridges out and between summer swim season and the dirt, they were filthy. I put my spare set in and the water was flowing great. This morning I still have excellent flow and can just see to the bottom of the shallow end. I've got the first set of cartridges clean and will swap out as the flow dictates.
    Looking forward to being able to clearly see the shallow end to clean it and ultimately the deep end
    Clint
    Pics of the build process
    34x16x25 Lagoon IG Vinyl 14,800gal (Oxford Tile/Glimmerglass 20mil)
    Pentair: Intelliflo VS3050 pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Clean and Clear 320 cartridge filter, LA01N 3/4hp booster pump and Polaris 280 cleaner

  19. Back To Top    #19

    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Northern IL
    Posts
    4,615

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    How does your liner look so far?

  20. Back To Top    #20
    awarsoca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Posts
    64

    Re: Torrential Rains in SC overflowed my pool

    scattered leaves in shallow end, silt on stairs and ladder. Bout as much as I can tell at the moment
    Clint
    Pics of the build process
    34x16x25 Lagoon IG Vinyl 14,800gal (Oxford Tile/Glimmerglass 20mil)
    Pentair: Intelliflo VS3050 pump, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Clean and Clear 320 cartridge filter, LA01N 3/4hp booster pump and Polaris 280 cleaner

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •