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    Getting pool summer ready

    Hi, Last summer was the first year as new above ground pool owners. To get winter ready we drained as we were supposed to, put all filters, etc away and covered. Earlier this year the cover blew off and now the water is horrible looking, dirty, nasty. We figured we would just drain, clean and start over but I have been told by some friends that we don't need to do that. My question is what do we need to do to get it clean without draining? Thanks for your time.

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    Re: Getting pool summer ready

    Hello and welcome to TFP! Typically, when someone comes to us with a water problem, we guide them with a coupe very simple concepts:
    1 - You must have your own (proper) test kit and take charge of your own pool; it's NOT hard at all
    2 - Take a little time to read our Pool School page and related information on the ABCs of Water Chemistry to get a basic understanding

    From there, we can help you learn to test your water, and maintain it with relatively simple products saving you time and money. Most importantly YOU own the pool and what goes in it. SO the first thing you would need is the right test kit. We recommend either the TF-100 or Taylor K-2006. Both are outstanding products, but you'll see a little more value with the TF-100. In my sig below is a link for "SLAM". That page is what will inevitably be required to clear your water of algae. Generally that is done without draining water "unless" the CYA (your stabilizer) level is too high - something that typically happens from using pool store chlorine tablets and bags of shock.. But your test set results will tell us that.

    It may seem like a lot of info at first, but with the test set it all makes sense quickly. Look around the TFP site and see what the pages have to offer. Read some testimonials here about people who have taken charge of their pool and you'll see you can do it as well. Let us know if you have any questions. Great to have you with us.
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    Re: Getting pool summer ready

    What size is your pool?

    What state is Melrose in. Please add it to your profile
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    Re: Getting pool summer ready

    Check out some of the threads in here and look at the pictures. Then just do what they did.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
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    Re: Getting pool summer ready

    Welcome to TFP

    check out the links in my signature and we will get you going
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    Re: Getting pool summer ready

    New Mexico and it's a 26' above ground

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    Re: Getting pool summer ready

    New Mexico and it's a 26' above ground
    Thanks. That's a good size pool but can be cleaned up quite readily just by using chlorine as the primary sanitizer. Texas Splash spells out the path to take very nicely. Follow his advice and you'll be on your way.
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