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    Disgustingly filthy pool.

    What would be the best way to clean a pool that is full of tadpoles with green water? Any suggestion on how to even start?

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    Re: Disgustingly filthy pool.

    Hello and welcome to TFP! Yes - see the "SLAM" page (link below). Thousands of pools have been changed from green/black to clear via that method. Nice to have you with us,
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    Re: Disgustingly filthy pool.

    Welcome to the forum.

    "california" doesn't describe your climate which is what we're looking for San Diego? Redding?, etc. narrow it down for us.

    The first step is to get all the solids out with a heavy duty net. Sticks, moss, tadpoles, beer cans, etc. Everything you can scoop up will make the next steps easier.

    Second step is to get your pump and filter functioning properly. Do not ask your filter to get out that debris......that's not what it's made for.

    After your pump and filter are running properly, you will need to get one of the suggested testkits so you cam begin the SLAM process. You'll need a ton of chlorine. Keep us posted.
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    Re: Disgustingly filthy pool.

    Redding area

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    Re: Disgustingly filthy pool.

    Thanks. You can update your profile location and signature at any time, but it's all good to know as we continue going back & forth. Dave's advice is of course spot-on, so if you have any questions about the manual removal of junk, testing pool equipment, or gearing-up for the SLAM (to include the proper test kit), just let us know.

    You can add your pool info to your signature by going to the top of the TFP web page (just under the Pool School button) and select "SETTINGS". On the next page look to the left for a menu bar that says, “MY SETTINGS” and go to "EDIT SIGNATURE" to enter your pool and equipment info there. Or you can click EDIT YOUR SIGNATURE. It will help us later. This link may also help you: Pool School - Read This BEFORE You Post.
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    Re: Disgustingly filthy pool.

    Drain, power wash and refill if it is a gunite pool. But being in CA with water restrictions you may have to SLAM.
    Inground 22k gallon gunite 15x31 main pool, 15x7 wading pool/sunning deck, hot tub/with overflow (9' octagon with limestone top) & slide NSWG, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen
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    Re: Disgustingly filthy pool.

    For what it's worth. I started with a similar situation 2 years ago. Following the advice here my pool is now clean, stable, and a pleasure to use.

    Get as much of the muck out with a net. You will be working blind but anything you get out will help. Once you have the big stuff out if you can vacuum to waste it will help a lot to. You will have to replace some water if you do that and local water restrictions may make it impractical. If you can't it doesnt hurt, it just will take longer to get it cleared up.


    Have patience with the process. Nothing the pool store can sell you is actually more effective than the methods recommended here. In the first week you will see a huge improvement. In the next 3-4 weeks your water will truly sparkle. The transformation is hard to believe.
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