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    new owers algae

    Hi
    The pool came with the house, and we are trying to maintain it ourselves. We got lots of advice and closed it ourselves last year, but no one mentioned we needed a sunlight-blocking COVER to open a clean pool. So we have a swamp. Last year, the service came out, emptied the pool, scrubbed it and filled it. Can we do the same? Thanks
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    Re: new owers algae

    Hi Neighbor!

    Cubs or Sox?

    We have had a lot of rain lately. I wouldn't competely empty it, you'll risk it popping out of the ground.

    You can open to a green pool even with a solid cover. Happens all the time. I would suggest you read the articles in Pool School, specifically Defeating Algae, How to Shock your Pool and Read this Before You Post.

    Then in the "further reading" section, read the article about how to clear up your swamp:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/turni...sis-t4147.html

    If you still have questions after going to Pool School, come back to this thread and post them here, we'll be happy to help.
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    Re: new owers algae

    Hi DavidS and welcome to the forum

    I also agree that it could be dangerous to empty your FG pool!

    Follow FPM's advice and folks will be around to help your clear your pool.

    Swamps are nothing new around here. That's why so very many us us found the site to begin with!

    We were in the same boat (okay, pool) you are in now!

    So do your reading, get a great test kit & let's start clearing the swamp and creating an oasis!
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    Re: new owers algae

    Hi, DaveS,

    Welcome! We DaveS's have had similar issues. My initial fill on my pool was a swamp because I filled my pool from our pond. What we're all saying is you don't have to drain a dtrop of water to get your pool crystal clear.

    Follow the great advice given above and post lot's of questions. You'll get great help!
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    Re: new owers algae

    Yes, we are glad we found this site and have been doing the reading. I gotta tell ya, scrubbing the pool down every day for 7 days sounds like 40 days in the desert. But my original question: how come the pool service guys all want to drain the pool? Because it's quicker, sure, but if it's that unsafe, why do they do it?
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    Re: new owers algae

    Time. The process we're talking about will perhaps take several days. They would charge you out the wazoo to come to your house everyday to clear your pool with chlorine.

    If you can't commit that much time that's perfectly understandable but just be aware that the conditions that turned your pool to a green swamp will begin again as soon as they are out of the driveway unless you learn how to manage your pool water chemistry.
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    Re: new owers algae

    We have had so much rain. The ground is just saturated right now, standing water everywhere... I wouldn't risk it. They can charge you $$$ to clean it up, you can do it for a $ fraction of that, by shocking your pool with bleach/liquid chlorine and running the filter. It will clear up, it will just take several days of shocking and filtration. Your scrubbing may be surprisingly minimal, you'd be amazed at what proper FC levels can do.
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    Re: new owers algae

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidS
    ...I gotta tell ya, scrubbing the pool down every day for 7 days sounds like 40 days in the desert...how come the pool service guys all want to drain the pool?
    Remember that their time is money: Most charge a fixed amount based on the water that has to be brought in, how large your pool is, and how bad they tink it is. When they leave you will have another "greenie meanie" if you don't understand how to take care of the water, and it's not hard!

    It'll take some time on the front end; not the hours of scrubbing, but testing/adding specific chemicals <BBB>/and brushing. During the swim season you'll spend 5-10 minutes a day (not hours!) checking water and doing very minor adjustments. You'll enjoy NOT having red eyes & bleached out swimwear. Your pool will look great, and feel great too!

    Keep with these people, they are THE BEST

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