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Thread: Cleaning recently drained above ground pool

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    Jul 2016
    Lancaster CA

    Cleaning recently drained above ground pool

    Hi everyone,
    I drained my 18x48 summer waves ez set above ground pool because it turned into a swamp.
    Now I have a pool with 2 inches of water covered in algae.
    How do I clean this to start over?
    I don't even want to get into the pool to scrub without waders on.
    I've been reading the forums and pool school but I'm all grossed out at the thought of walking/kneeling in nothing but bleach and algae to scrub it. Is that even safe to do?
    And then how would I get the last of that water/algae out to start fresh?
    Summer Waves 18x48 quick set above ground pool with inflatable ring 7600 gal
    Summer Waves cartridge filter pump that came with pool

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    Apr 2012
    Columbia SC

    Re: Cleaning recently drained above ground pool

    Welcome to TFP

    I would fill it up and follow the SLAM process. Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain

    But you'll want to start with this. Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    And get a good test kit as that is what we preach.....proper testing and balencing as needed. Pool School - Test Kits Compared
    18*36*23 true "L" vinyl IG 29,000 gallons. SWG. TF-100 test kit.

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    Jul 2015
    Edgewood, Texas

    Re: Cleaning recently drained above ground pool

    We used a shop vac to finish empting ours then mopped with bleach and water.

    Intex Ultra Frame AGP (18x48; 6,423 gallons)
    Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump Model SF80110
    Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System Model CS8110
    TF-100 Test Kit with SpeedStir
    K-1766 Sodium Chloride (salt water) Test Kit

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    Jul 2009
    Houston, Texas

    Re: Cleaning recently drained above ground pool

    I would use a shop vac to clean out the rest of the water. It is hard to get absolutely everything out, especially since these pools are narrower at the top than the bottom. Doing a slam is difficult with the standard pump and filter combo that comes with an easy set pool, so normally we would advise to fill it up with the sludge in there and then slam and vacuum to waste. Unless you have upgraded to the sand filter pump combo you really don't have that option. Get out as much of the nasty as you can, hose it down and vacuum with the shop vac until it is as clear as possible, then refill the pool.

    Check out the Pool School - Guide for Seasonal/Temporary Pools for more information about keeping your seasonal pool clear.
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