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    Still Water Question

    So construction is 2 and 1/2 weeks into progress. The pool is completely in along with an exterior water line, natural gas line and there is water in the pool. The electrician cannot finish until the concrete guy can lay the gridwork and the concrete guy's vacation and other projects have delayed us until this week. Of course, now we are working on extremely rainy weather and concrete pours are questionable for Friday. So now water has been standing, untreated, for a week and 1/2 and I'm concerned that the lack of filtration will begin to cause problems. There is no chlorine or EZ Pool in the water yet as there is no way to circulated. The pool contractor is not too concerned, but I'm the one that will have to get it ready and I know the worse the water gets, the more chemicals I need (= more money for pool people).

    Any ideas?
    Grant and Jerri
    Liberty, NC
    New 18x36 vinyl liner pool with lighting and fountain

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Still Water Question

    You could roughly estimate the gallons of water you think are in the pool and calculate enough Clorox each day to bring it up around 3ppm. Stir it up and mix it around with a boat paddle or something similar.

    The chlorine will dissipate each day because you will have no CYA but it's pretty cheap to do that....probably 50 cents worth of Clorox and it will certainly help keep moss, algae, etc. from getting much of a foot hold.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Coastalish 'down easter'

    Re: Still Water Question

    Dave gave you great advice on the water in the pool

    However, I'm worried about water in the plumbing, if you don't plan on firing up the system this year, blow any rainwater out of the lines and antifreeze and plug them - also protect the skimmer body from being damaged via ice expansion!! (when we build liner pools this late in the season, we don't cut out the liner for the return or in pool suction sources and install Gizzmos in the skimmers before any water could enter them )
    Luv& Luk

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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    North Central Texas

    Re: Still Water Question

    How about getting a small submersible pump for circulating the water? That's what I use when I occasionally have to shut down the system; last time a couple of months ago without pumping station running for over a week. Didn't get any algae either. If you wanted to do some filtering you could get a "SlimeBag" to put on the end of hose that returns water to pool.

    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Re: Still Water Question--UPDATE

    So concrete guy was suppose to come today to start his work. I called last night about 6pm to inform him that we are cleared to proceed with concrete by the inspections department. He said that he decided not to come today but would wait until Friday because he was worried about recent rain. He then said he scheduled another job for today and "HOPEFULLY" he will be on site Tomorrow. I had my electrician scheduled for today so that they could get the bonding tied to the concrete and the final electrical inspection. Now I've had to put him off a day b/c the inspections folks want the concrete and bonding done together meaning both subs have to be there at the same time.

    Anyway... about the water problem. My PB is going to come by today and use a portable pump and filter to clean the pool. He's also going to put a couple of chlorine floaters in the water. Hopefully this gets us over the hump until electricity can be hot on Monday after the concrete pour.
    Grant and Jerri
    Liberty, NC
    New 18x36 vinyl liner pool with lighting and fountain

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