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    Adding chemicals with dead pump

    Hey all,

    So my pump motor is fried. A new one is being delivered in about 6 days. In the meantime my pool looks like the swamp thing is going to crawl out of it any moment.

    My biggest issue now is the party Im having for memorial day. Ill still have a little over a week to get it sparkling blue after the pump is installed. But letting it sit there like this is killing me a little more each day

    Can I bring the pool to shock levels and agitate the water with a brush? Is that safe? I won't be on top of it as much as I would be if the filter was running. But I can at least get the process started and keep adding bleach.

    Or would it be smarter and safer to just suck it up and wait the 6 days? Thanks!!!
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    You can certainly add bleach and brush a lot ... your test results will be questionable since the water will not be well mixed.
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    Especially with a vinyl liner , you dont want to put any chemicals in without the pump running.
    You're better off waiting to fix the pump. Not much you can do right now.
    The de filter and keeping the system running will bring your pool around fast. Especially with the help of TFP.
    Good luck

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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    That's 2 very different opinions Eenie Meanie?
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    Pick up a cheap submersible pump and use it move the water around. Harbor Freight has cheap ones.
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    If you do not know your water chemistry, it can do no good to add chemicals. Your liner is vinyl and the pros do not outweigh the cons. I would wait ,personally.

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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    Thanks everyone. I think I will wait it out. Maybe try to convince them to install the pump a little sooner.

    On a positive note, American Home Shield is replacing the dual speed pump. That kind of rocks...
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    On a positive note, American Home Shield is replacing the dual speed pump. That kind of rocks...
    Hummmm. Gotta remember that one. They're still trying to get me to join.
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    Would never buy one of those warranties again. I bought one and they then said that i didn't service annually with qualified technician as reccomended by the provider and therefore they canned warranty.. I fought via credit card and won my $ back... They will only fix little things, unless you are paying through the nose for annual maintenance on your hvac and a/c units and pumps and water heaters, they won't pay a dime to fix... be careful....
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    mitch do what pabeader suggests. Take the submersible pump and just have the hose empty back into the pool. You can add chemicals and it will save a lot a aggravation especially if you want to swim at the party. If its already a swap another week of sitting and it won't be ready in a week for the party. Granted the submersible pump won't move water like the pool pump but if you run it 24/7 it's a lot better than letting it sit.
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    I wouldn't attempt to adjust pH or SLAM without good circulation, but you can certainly add some bleach to keep things from getting worse. A jug or a jug and a half every day, followed immediately by a good brushing. Or a submersible pump. You don't have a robot cleaner do you? That'd keep things stirred up.
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    Sometimes you just have to get creative, here is a thread I posted when I was in a similar situation a few years ago Keeping the water moving
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    Re: Adding chemicals with dead pump

    I have heard many negatives and positives from people. But I can only talk about my own experiences.
    Ive had the warranty company for 10 months. in that time they rebuilt my heating furnace ($1200 job) and are replacing this dual speed motor and pump (over $600).... Those are the only 2 things Ive called them about.

    So, so far Ive been extremely happy with them.

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    Thanks a million for the advice everyone!!! You guys rock as usual. The pump is being replaced tomorrow morning so the shock process starts tomorrow afternoon

    Cant wait to get this swamp back to normal.
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