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    pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back running?

    basiaclly i have an indoor pool the pump stopped working in OCT, I havn't done anything to the pool since

    I finally getting around to opening the pool with a good pump and i'm trying to have it ready to swim buy the super bowl (feb 3rd)
    8 days away

    is this even possible?

    I was thinking about using bleach and shocking it and turn on the pump to start heating and circulating and sweep it every day

    thanks for any input you may have I'm desperate !!!
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    That is certainly possible, though it will require a fair bit of attention, plus a little luck.

    The first step is to find out your PH and CYA levels. For best results PH should to be towards the low end of the normal range when shocking, and CYA determines how much chlorine you want to use.
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    That is certainly possible, though it will require a fair bit of attention, plus a little luck.

    The first step is to find out your PH and CYA levels. For best results PH should to be towards the low end of the normal range when shocking, and CYA determines how much chlorine you want to use.
    thanks I just tested with my tylor kit

    PH 7.2 and CY <30 (i fill the tube all the way up water is clear)

    the 7.2 is my well water so easy to balance for me LOL
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    PH is good, and that CYA level means your FC target for shocking is around 12 ppm.

    Take a look at The Shock Process in Pool School for details on shocking the pool.
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    ok

    I got the pump going and add added about 1 3/4 gallons of bleach (using the pool calc on this site) it hit the 12ppm to shock it

    i can already see to the bottom of the shallow end

    will i need to shock daily? or just test the FC daily and go from there?

    hopefully the pool heats up fast, its only 54* right now, its very cold, would not want to swim right now lol.
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    Quote Originally Posted by turbo v6 camaro
    will i need to shock daily? or just test the FC daily and go from there?
    Something different... Read this pool-school/shocking_your_pool?

    There are three criteria for when you stop shocking. All three have to be true. Also this us not a once and done process, depending what is growing in the pool. This could take several bleach top ups per day...or less.

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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    so basically just need to test the CC and if above .5 shock, test the FC before bed and in the morning and shock if lost more then one 1FC

    and shock as needed

    I assume i should have the cover off for all this even though i need it hold in the heat?
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    You need to maintain the FC at shock level as often as required ... possibly hourly to start. Once the water is clear, verify that you have no CC and then perform the OCLT. This can take days to weeks.

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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    You need to maintain the FC at shock level as often as required ... possibly hourly to start. Once the water is clear, verify that you have no CC and then perform the OCLT. This can take days to weeks.

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    okay i get it now keep it at shock level....

    ill run some tests after i have some coffee and the wife wakes up

    dont say week i only have 8 days !!!

    luckly i can see to the drain in the deep end this morning
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    okay i tested a 3rd time

    FC = 6.5 CC = 8
    ph 7.1

    so i shocked again to FC 16

    ill check the levels again soon

    am i heading in the right direction?

    i guess I'm looking for CC=0, then the FC will drop over time? the FC evaporates right?

    edit my 2nd time didn't get posted it was FC=4 CC=8 i shocked to FC=10 on that one PH was 7.1
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    The CC level should come down slowly, which is a good indicator of your progress. For the moment, just focus on raising FC up to around 12-15 any time it is lower than 12, and track CC to see how you are doing. The more often you can test and adjust the FC level, up to hourly, the faster the whole process will go.

    Some FC evaporates, but really very little. Any sunlight that gets in will also lower FC. In an indoor pool most of the FC goes to killing algae, breaking down organics, and breaking down CC.

    If there is any solid debris on the bottom of the pool you should get it out with a leaf net. That seems unlikely in an indoor pool but worth double checking just to be sure.
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    The CC level should come down slowly, which is a good indicator of your progress. For the moment, just focus on raising FC up to around 12-15 any time it is lower than 12, and track CC to see how you are doing. The more often you can test and adjust the FC level, up to hourly, the faster the whole process will go.

    Some FC evaporates, but really very little. Any sunlight that gets in will also lower FC. In an indoor pool most of the FC goes to killing algae, breaking down organics, and breaking down CC.

    If there is any solid debris on the bottom of the pool you should get it out with a leaf net. That seems unlikely in an indoor pool but worth double checking just to be sure.
    just retested FC 10 and cc 9

    i added more bleach to bump it up again

    hopefully morning will show some movement, the water is much clearer than it was when i woke up
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    Quote Originally Posted by turbo v6 camaro
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    The CC level should come down slowly, which is a good indicator of your progress. For the moment, just focus on raising FC up to around 12-15 any time it is lower than 12, and track CC to see how you are doing. The more often you can test and adjust the FC level, up to hourly, the faster the whole process will go.

    Some FC evaporates, but really very little. Any sunlight that gets in will also lower FC. In an indoor pool most of the FC goes to killing algae, breaking down organics, and breaking down CC.

    If there is any solid debris on the bottom of the pool you should get it out with a leaf net. That seems unlikely in an indoor pool but worth double checking just to be sure.
    just retested FC 10 and cc 9

    i added more bleach to bump it up again

    hopefully morning will show some movement, the water is much clearer than it was when i woke up
    To clarify, you are using the 10ml sample and the DPD POWDER once added you get a pink solution that you add r0871 to one drop at a time until it is colorless (20 drops this time) and then you add several drops of (is it 003?) After which the solution is pink again and you add r0871 again a drop at a time (18 drops). Right?

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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    Quote Originally Posted by UnderWaterVanya
    Quote Originally Posted by turbo v6 camaro
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    The CC level should come down slowly, which is a good indicator of your progress. For the moment, just focus on raising FC up to around 12-15 any time it is lower than 12, and track CC to see how you are doing. The more often you can test and adjust the FC level, up to hourly, the faster the whole process will go.

    Some FC evaporates, but really very little. Any sunlight that gets in will also lower FC. In an indoor pool most of the FC goes to killing algae, breaking down organics, and breaking down CC.

    If there is any solid debris on the bottom of the pool you should get it out with a leaf net. That seems unlikely in an indoor pool but worth double checking just to be sure.
    just retested FC 10 and cc 9

    i added more bleach to bump it up again

    hopefully morning will show some movement, the water is much clearer than it was when i woke up
    To clarify, you are using the 10ml sample and the DPD POWDER once added you get a pink solution that you add r0871 to one drop at a time until it is colorless (20 drops this time) and then you add several drops of (is it 003?) After which the solution is pink again and you add r0871 again a drop at a time (18 drops). Right?

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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    just tested again

    fc 12
    cc 4.5
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    CH 200

    Do i need to add any more bleach? it seems im still at the shock level (12) for FC
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    okay tested after work,

    FC = 2.5
    CC = 10

    does not seem I'm making any progress

    seems im going backwards, I flushed the filter and swept the bottom

    added 2 gallons of bleach again to hit 12 ppm shock

    will test in one hour


    Thoughts?
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    Seems like something is still in there. Maintain shock level until all three criteria are met.
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    okay just tested

    FC =5 or 5.5
    CC = 5 or 5.5

    and i'm out of bleach, thats now 6 gallons of bleach getting expensive
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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    People have used 50+ gallons and taken weeks to get through the process ... You have a bit to go still

    Trust that it will work and this is the cheapest way to clear it ... there are no magic potions ... just chlorine.

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    Re: pool pump failed 3 months ago how to get pool back runni

    I'd say get more bleach and keep shocking. Its a process. You have to stay on top of it!! When fc drops below shock level bring it back up.
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