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    in over my head

    Hello
    My cover was leaking all winter. When I opened my pool it was like pea soup. It is now blue, and all the debris has been cleaned from the bottom. I have been vacuuming ever day, sometimes twice for a week. I have 2 filter cartridges, so I am constantly cleaning and replacing it. It has been shocked. It is so cloudy! Here are my numbers, and yes, I know they are not great, that is why I am here. i need advice
    FC 5.5
    CC 0.5
    CH 175
    TA 150
    pH 7.2
    CYA 43


    • 14,600 gallons
    • AG
    • Cartridge filter


    • TF 100 test kit

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    Re: in over my head

    What test kit do you have? Could you add that, along with all your pool info to your signature (like on the bottom of my post)? Go to settings > edit signature on the top of the page.

    You need to SLAM - Shock LevelAndMaintain to clear your pool up. Give that link a read and come back with any questions.
    Helpful Links: Pool Chemistry 101 - Recommended Levels - Recommended Chemicals - FC/CYA Chart - SLAM Instructions - Pool Math
    Test Kits:
    TF-100 - Taylor K2006 - SpeedStir Upgrade - Taylor K-1766 Salt Test
    My Pool:
    28k IG built May 2015 - Autopilot SWG - Pentair VS Pump/DE Filter/Heat Pump

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    Re: in over my head

    numbers look like i want mine to be... i think the filters just keep getting clogged up before the pool clears. mine took a month to clear after SLAMING... I thought I had a problem... but the over night FC test was fine.
    IG, 25k gallons, 20x40 ft, Plaster, Pentair sand filter, variable speed pump, have a well, TF-100 test kit, Speed Stir

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    Re: in over my head

    im sorry, I didnt put my info and test kit numbers in my sig, but they are in my post

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    So from what I understand, the SLAM is using clorox to bring my FC to between 16-20 until my CC is 0.5 or below and the water is clear? testing and re adding clorox how often?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlg View Post
    So from what I understand, the SLAM is using clorox to bring my FC to between 16-20 until my CC is 0.5 or below and the water is clear? testing and re adding clorox how often?
    Yes, you raise the FC to SLAM level (16FC for CYA of 40) until:
    1. Water is completely clear down to the bottom.
    2. CC = 0
    3. You pass the OvernightChlorineLossTest - OCLT (we like acronyms here ).

    You can use any brand of bleach, as long as it is scent free and not the splash-less type. Generic store brand is fine. Walmart and other stores sell 10-12%bleach labeled as Liquid Chlorine, and is sometimes a better value.

    Generally the SLAM will go faster the more often you can test & add chlorine. People have gotten away with 1 time per day, 2-3 times is ideal though.
    Helpful Links: Pool Chemistry 101 - Recommended Levels - Recommended Chemicals - FC/CYA Chart - SLAM Instructions - Pool Math
    Test Kits:
    TF-100 - Taylor K2006 - SpeedStir Upgrade - Taylor K-1766 Salt Test
    My Pool:
    28k IG built May 2015 - Autopilot SWG - Pentair VS Pump/DE Filter/Heat Pump

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    thank you so much, your explanation made it much clearer. I should be removing my chlorine tablets during this process, correct? Can i leave the solar cover on? is pump running at low sufficient, or high better? Thanks so much


    Quote Originally Posted by pinguy View Post
    Yes, you raise the FC to SLAM level (16 for CYA of 40) until:
    1. Water is completely clear down to the bottom.
    2. CC = 0
    3. You pass the OvernightChlorineLossTest - OCLT (we like acronyms here ).

    You can use any brand of bleach, as long as it is scent free and not the splash-less type. Generic store brand is fine. Walmart and other stores sell 10-12%bleach labeled as Liquid Chlorine, and is sometimes a better value.

    Generally the SLAM will go faster the more often you can test & add chlorine. People have gotten away with 1 time per day, 2-3 times is ideal though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlg View Post
    thank you so much, your explanation made it much clearer. I should be removing my chlorine tablets during this process, correct? Can i leave the solar cover on? is pump running at low sufficient, or high better? Thanks so much
    Yes, ditch the pucks. We don't recommend long term use of Trichlor Pucks as they add as much CYA as they do Chlorine. High CYA will inevitably lead to algae problems down the road.

    This page provides a great explanation: Pool School - How to Chlorinate Your Pool
    Helpful Links: Pool Chemistry 101 - Recommended Levels - Recommended Chemicals - FC/CYA Chart - SLAM Instructions - Pool Math
    Test Kits:
    TF-100 - Taylor K2006 - SpeedStir Upgrade - Taylor K-1766 Salt Test
    My Pool:
    28k IG built May 2015 - Autopilot SWG - Pentair VS Pump/DE Filter/Heat Pump

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