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    Dirty dirty pool

    I just put in a 24 round above ground pool. Pool has a sand filter I live in a rural area and have a very slow week well. Had the fire department deliver water, 13,000 gallons. The water is extremely dirty. Had the water tested at local pool store. They say the water is chemically perfect. Any tips on how I can clean pool. I don't know if the fire trucks had any chemicals in them or not

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    Re: Dirty dirty pool

    Hey there Hicks Welcome!

    If its dirt-You just need to let the filter do its job, I bet. DE added to the sand filter may help speed it up- Pool School - Add DE to a Sand Filter

    You have a big enough pool that you need your own test kit. Either the Taylor K2006 or TF-100, both available from TFTestkits.net or via Amazon. The information that a good test kit will give you will save you a mess of money on pool care.

    We rarely trust pool store tests (often more inaccurate than accurate!) but tell us what they said about your water:
    FC
    CC
    pH
    TA
    CH
    CYA

    How are you going to sanitize your water? You're going to need some chlorine (bleach is fine) and stabilizer first and foremost. Until you have a test kit I'd add 1/2 gallon of bleach a day while your stabilizer (see Pool School) dissolves. The stabilizing CYA is what protects the FC from the sun which would burn it off otherwise.

    Read: ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry and FC/CYA Chart and yet more- Pool School - Recommended Levels

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    Re: Dirty dirty pool

    Usually a few days of filtering and proper chlorine levels will clear it up.
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    Re: Dirty dirty pool

    Ty every one. I have been reading on how long to safely run my pump and filter some say ok around the clock others say about 12 hours a day.

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    Re: Dirty dirty pool

    Heh Yippee Skippy. My water test is as follows:
    FC 4.53
    CC 0.2
    pH 7.3
    TA 115
    CH 128
    CYA 2

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    Hmmmm...not sure how anyone arrives at a CYA of "2" but..... we'll assume it basically means non-existent to low.

    You need to 1) order the test kit you need
    2) Buy a 4# jug of CYA stabilizer from pool store or Walmart. Put about 45 ounces in to a sock and hang in pool to dissolve
    3) Go buy some liquid chlorine, aka bleach... 3-4 gallons from H.E.B or Walmart NOT from Lowes or HomeDepot since they store theirs outside. Bad move.
    4) Let the filter keep doing its thing, and backwash it when it rises 25% over its baseline pressure.

    I would suggest NOT going into that pool as that is high chlorine for an unstabilized pool. Squoosh the sock occasionally to help speed up the dissolving cya. When that is all dissolved you can assume your CYA is about 30 and you can follow this chart for how much FC to keep in it- FC/CYA Chart
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    Re: Dirty dirty pool

    Do a little reading in Pool School
    ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry
    Pool School - Getting Started
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