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    Jul 2016
    Temecula, Ca

    New pool owner *need the rundown

    17,000 gallon in ground pool
    Pentair InteliFlo Variable Speed Pump with inline Chlorine/Bromine Feeder and Ozone
    Located in Temecula, Ca and its 90-110* during the summer

    Fired the professional pool guy after he upped his prices by $30/month and we are wanting to learn how to care for our pool ourselves. We started by hosing off Pentair filters and replaced sand product that goes in filter. Shocked the pool, bought a six-way chemical test kit and are continually left with a fast growing green pool even when my chemicals are showing they are in balance.

    Out pool guy hadn't been using the inline chlorine feeder. Is this recommended?

    Please help with basics such as how long to run pool pump and what speed?

    In the mean-time I'll check out the algae forum.

    Thank you!

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    Mod Squad Texas Splash's Avatar
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    Jun 2014
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: New pool owner *need the rundown

    Hello and welcome to TFP! We'd be happy to help get you going, but need a full set of test results first to see what your levels are. The best way to do this is by obtaining a TF-100 or Taylor K-2006C test kit. Either of those kits are designed to perform all the tests required reliably. We don't normally advise using the in-line chlorinators on a routine basis because they (tabs/pucks) increase CYA to extreme levels.

    Water that is cloudy or green will require a TFP "SLAM" (link below). That's another reason the right test kit is so critical. No amount of filtration will remove live algae, it's a chemical issue that requires that accurate testing. It's best to rely on regular liquid bleach as your method to increase chlorine levels. You could add about 1 gallon each day for now until you get one of the proper test kits and can confirm your CYA level. During the SLAM, the recommended test kits will ensure you can test FC levels at/above 10 which will be required to kill the algae.

    During a SLAM the pump is running 24/7 to aid in chemical circulation and filtering the dead algae. You might like to read this page as well: Pool School - Determine Pump Run Time.

    Nice to have you with us.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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    MarianParoo's Avatar
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    Aug 2014
    Northern IL

    Re: New pool owner *need the rundown

    Welcome! Pat (Texas Splash) has you covered. We are also not fans of ozinators, btw.
    27K IG rectangular; vinyl liner; sand filter; 1hp pump; auto-cover; heater; K-2006.

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    Mod Squad Patrick_B's Avatar
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    Jun 2011

    Re: New pool owner *need the rundown

    Welcome to the forum!

    Ive moved your thread out of the intro section, and into the just getting started area. Enjoy your time on TFP!
    TFP Moderator
    Essential Links:
    TF-100 Test Kit, ABC's Of Pool Chemistry, Test Kits, SLAM Your Pool
    28K Gal IG FreeForm, CLI Quartz, Flagstone, 36"SF, Pentair VS Pump, EasyTouch W/Remote, Rheem 400KBTU Htr

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