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Thread: No pump for 5 days - turning green on day 3

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    May 2010
    Montreal, Qc

    No pump for 5 days - turning green on day 3

    The pool pump failed on Friday afternoon and we had this extremely busy weekend (painting the house with friends). I ordered the replacement on Monday and I should get it in about 2 days.
    We had 3 days of 85+ degrees and the pool is turning green - slight visible algae at spots. I'm raising (and keeping) FC to shock level and plan to brush a lot to keep the water moving and chlorine "working". Is it feasible manaully? Any similar experience? Advice? Encouragement?


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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: No pump for 5 days - turning green on day 3

    That's about all you can do. Unless you have a sump pump you can drop in and then just loop the hose back to the pool to circulate things. I wouldn't buy one, since the bleach to clear the green will cost less than a pump, but if you already have one....
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    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: No pump for 5 days - turning green on day 3

    I've kept our pool up during week long power outages by adding bleach and brushing to mix it in. It is a lot of work. Trying to shock that way is possible but you better be feeling fit! It will be less work to let the algae grow and then kill it off after the pump is working again, though it will end up costing a little more.
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    DFW, Texas

    Re: No pump for 5 days - turning green on day 3


    You probably have your new pump by now. But if something like this ever happens again...

    Here's what one user did to keep their pool clear and sanitized for one week without power and temperatures near or above 100F:
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