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    HELP red clay in the pool

    A pipe broke under my house, murphy's law it leaked very fine red clay from inbetween the copping into the pool. The pool has blue quarts so the red and blue are green. its not alge. this happened sat the 16th and dispite many filter (all 4) cleanings the water is still VERY cloudy. is there something i can put in to bind the fine mud or do i drain and refill. if undisturbe for several hours you can see a fine line of mud on the step edges. HELP please i havent even enjoyed the pool yet.
    15,500 gal, IG, Blue quartz gunite, Hayward - SWG, C4530 MicroBan filter,2 speed Tristar pump, 400k heater, Phantom Turbo cleaner, 36" edge fountain

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    Re: HELP red clay in the pool

    it was beautiful and clear blue before the clay.
    15,500 gal, IG, Blue quartz gunite, Hayward - SWG, C4530 MicroBan filter,2 speed Tristar pump, 400k heater, Phantom Turbo cleaner, 36" edge fountain

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    Re: HELP red clay in the pool

    If it's just clay, your filter should catch it but it'll take a little bit of time...several days at least. If it's a lot of dirt (how much?) sometimes the organics in the soil can use up all your chlorine, then you end up with algae and dirt
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    Re: HELP red clay in the pool

    a lot of clay No clumps of dirt just a lot of very fine red clay it past through the fiber joint between the copping and the cement walkway so it was filtered first through that. i do not see/cant see any accumulation on the bottom. i sure hope the filter does it. i know that red clay will stain the side of a house as you build it. i hope it does not stick to my pool walls and bottom. i am brushing it every day and when time permits more than 10 times a day. brand new pool. i will check chlorine level.
    15,500 gal, IG, Blue quartz gunite, Hayward - SWG, C4530 MicroBan filter,2 speed Tristar pump, 400k heater, Phantom Turbo cleaner, 36" edge fountain

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    Re: HELP red clay in the pool

    Try not to worry too much...I don't think that it will stain the surface. If it does, you can pretty easily lift those stains using an ascorbic acid treatment if necessary. I would say try to keep it from settling, maybe by running the cleaner all the time, and let the filter do its job!
    11,200 gal, Pebble-Tec; Tristar 2-speed 1hp - Swimclear 325 ft2 cart - SWG - A & A in-floor cleaner - Heat pump. For the poolside cooking, a Yoder Wichita and a Big Steel Keg!
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    Re: HELP red clay in the pool

    I've had clay soil in pool over a week now and can't tell that the filter is able to pull it out. I thought I heard adding Diatomaceous Earth would help? Is this true?
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    Re: HELP red clay in the pool

    I finally relented and drained the pool and cleaned it the old fashioned way.

    After cleaning...
    Rebecca and Pat Loebach
    Peoria Illinois 61604
    tridoc927@yahoo.com
    http://www.renovatemyranch.blogspot.com
    http://www.embersgarden.blogspot.com
    http://www.drrebeccaknight.com
    Intex Ultra Frame 12x24 52" AG pool. 8,403 gallons
    Intex Krystal Clean Sand Filter Pump with 1,600 gallon per hour flow rate. Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater system.
    Dug 18 x 30 hole, 4' deep, put pool in hole and built retaining wall around it. Currently working on deck surround/topper.

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