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    Best way to remove sludge?

    As I install my new 3/4hp pump today, I realize that I still have some left over sludge (leaves, mud, debris) in the bottom. I've been hitting this with the long handled leaf rake and skimmer-mounted pool vacuum, which does an alright job. Is there a better method or do I just have to keep doing what I'm doing?

    Denis
    Clearwater, Florida

    12,000 gallon kidney shaped gunite pool
    Pentair Whisperflo 3/4HP Pump
    Pentair CCP420 420sq/ft Cartridge Filter
    Pentair Intellibrite 5G 120V Pool Light

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    Re: Best way to remove sludge?

    For a couple of inches of debris, scooping with a leaf net is probably the best approach. For somewhat more debris, or if you prefer to spend money, some people have had success with sodium percarbonate (1 lb per 1,000 gallons), which will cause much of the debris to float to the surface where it is easier to skim out.
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    Re: Best way to remove sludge?

    Between Leaf raking, vacuuming and the Drop Down I was using, I'm starting to get it all. Just have to keep on it.
    Clearwater, Florida

    12,000 gallon kidney shaped gunite pool
    Pentair Whisperflo 3/4HP Pump
    Pentair CCP420 420sq/ft Cartridge Filter
    Pentair Intellibrite 5G 120V Pool Light

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