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Thread: Leak over winter

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    Leak over winter

    I had a pretty major leak in my pool this winter and lost about 3' of water, and had to remove my cover because of it. Obviously I have an extremely yucky pool with lots of algae and leaves in it. I'm probably almost 2 months from opening my pool, but If it's possible I would like to treat the algae before I start the refilling process and save on some chemicals. Can I shock my 3/4 empty pool without the pump running, or does it need to be circulated?

    Thanks!
    Mike
    30 foot round AGP (25k gal), 2.5 hp pump, Hayward cartridge filter, Diver Dan pool vac, TF-100 Test kit
    -It takes less time to do things right then it does to do it again.

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    Re: Leak over winter

    Hi Mike,

    I read a post about this very thing a few days ago. the advice was to clean as much as you could from the pool, then you would have to brush heavily to get it circulated. If I remember right it it could be circulated that way.

    Good luck.
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    Re: Leak over winter

    Mike, I assume you fixed the leak???

    PLEASE do not drain the pool!

    Without test results it's hard to say exactly what you ought do. However, perimeter dumping a gallon of 6% bleach and then brushing the pool is a good start. Repeat as necessary and let us know some test results (take the water sample before! you add the chlorine)

    Scoop out as much debris as you can to hasten the process

    Please keep us informed as to your progress, test results and the pool's condition.

    [edited to correct spelling]
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

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    Re: Leak over winter

    I did not find the leak, but the water stopped draining so it has to be somewhere right near the water line... I just can't seem to find it. I was thinking that it would be easier to find and patch if I could get the water cleared up before filling the pool. I just ordered a refill for my test kit, so I will have test results within a week hopefully.

    Thanks for the advice, I don't know what I would do without this site and all the great people that help out!
    Mike
    30 foot round AGP (25k gal), 2.5 hp pump, Hayward cartridge filter, Diver Dan pool vac, TF-100 Test kit
    -It takes less time to do things right then it does to do it again.

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