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    Please Help - Oil in Pool

    Hello there!

    I accidentally put about a 1Qt of vegetable oil into our 30K gallon gunite pool. Worse than that, thinking the filter would take care of it, we left it. Now our pool is GREEN. I've done a little research and read that I should treat it with 6X the normal dose of enzymes. Is this a good plan? Should I treat with an algeside first? What is the best product for enzyme treatment? It gets worse with each passing day. Any advise you can offer will be helpful.

    Thanks!
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    Not sure about the pump.

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    Re: Please Help - Oil in Pool

    Please post a complete set of test results. I believe the green in your pool is more coincidence than a result of having 1 qt of vegetable oil in the pool. I would hold off on enzymes for now, you should be able to take care of this by taking the pool through the shock process as described here, how to shock your pool
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    Re: Please Help - Oil in Pool

    We've cleared much worse than vegetable oil. At least it's a natural product and non toxic Since the pool is green, we'll need a full set of test results to help you out, but getting the water to shock level should be priority #1. Hopefully a few folks will comment soon on specific products that work for skimming/clearing veg oil.

    A product like this may work, but I have no experience with it...sorry
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    Re: Please Help - Oil in Pool

    Extra enzyme treatment will definitely help with the oil, but as others have already said, the green pool has little if anything to do with the oil.
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    Re: Please Help - Oil in Pool

    OK, we thought the algae was feeding off of the oil. It was fine until I dropped oil into it. I'll shock it and go from there. Thank you!!
    30,000 gal inground pool with attached waterfall spa.
    60 sq ft American Titan (Pentair) DE filter with no backwash.
    Not sure about the pump.

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    Re: Please Help - Oil in Pool

    Jack up the CL to shock level to kill of the algae - that's likely the easiest one to resolve. Once that starts to clear up, you can deal with oil with Pool First Aid (enzyme). Two treatments (half bottle each) helped clear out a situation similar to yours as well as the one I had . That last link also has the ratio of dishwasher detergent/water if you have a cartridge filter that may need cleaning.
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    Re: Please Help - Oil in Pool

    Thanks for your help. We shocked it and then treated with the regular dose of the Pool First Aid and it's good. We had to clean the filter a gazillion times, but it's up and running and soon to be balanced. Thanks again!
    30,000 gal inground pool with attached waterfall spa.
    60 sq ft American Titan (Pentair) DE filter with no backwash.
    Not sure about the pump.

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