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    Never ending dirt battle.

    We live in the desert, and I live near farms. My pool seems to alwasy have dirt in it. I turn the pump on, brush all the dirt to the main drain, and the dirt stirs up in the pool. After I let it sit a minute it seems that the dirt goes back to right where it started. Spread out all over the pool. I can brush this thing all day long, and it doesn't seem like the dirt goes away.

    What am I doing wrong?

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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    Can you confirm it's dirt or is there a possibility it might be dead algae?

    A set of test results will help us get started in analyzing your problem.

    Do you vacuum?
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    What duraleigh said.

    I see that you have an infloor system but I guess that isn't handling it. Once we prove that it isn't algae, you might need to look at a robot or some type of active cleaner.

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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    It very well may be dead algae. My pool was very swampy two weeks ago and have taken it from green back to blue, this dirt/algae is my last problem.

    It was terribad about two weeks ago. I left my pump on for the whole week, adding 5lbs of shock, some muratic acid, and some Algatec.

    It cleaned up very clear. My water is at:
    FC 4
    CC 0
    pH 7.4
    TA 80
    CYA 60

    I don't vaccuum because every time I hook it up, it never sucks anything up. I haven't figured out why.
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    I don't vaccuum because every time I hook it up, it never sucks anything up. I haven't figured out why.
    Yikes!!! Regardless of what the substance turns out to be, your infloor is likely not capable to keep your pool completely clean. I think you will have to vacuum some.
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    So basically there is too much junk in there to brush clean?
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    My experience is restricted to just what is reported on the forum, but it seems like in-floor systems just cant get everything picked up.

    I don't know how much junk you have on the floor but I think manually vacuuming is going to be an occaisional thing to keep your pool sparkling.
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    Sounds good. I guess I better figure out why the vacuum doesn't suck. :-/

    Thanks!
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    Quote Originally Posted by ccirish
    Sounds good. I guess I better figure out why the vacuum doesn't suck. :-/

    Thanks!
    A couple of common reasons for vacuum problems:

    You have to fill the hose with water before hooking it up to the skimmer.
    You may need to partially close the main drain valve or a second skimmer to get enough flow to the skimmer you are using.
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    Are you priming the vac hose?
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    Re: Never ending dirt battle.

    Turned out I wasn't priming the hose well enough. I fill it with the garden hose now. I also figured out that if I leave the main drain cracked a lil it vets better results for some reason.

    Got all the algae out and have a crystal pool again. Thanks!
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