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    Failed at having a pool.

    I failed at keeping up with my pool in the winter and I dont know what to do now. My pool is really green and nasty. To top it off it has some bugs in it that look like those seamonkeys.... My husband wants to drain it becaus of the bugs. Should we drain and start over or should I shock it.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Shock it is fine, read pool school in the upper right corner for how to shock and turning-your-green-swamp-back-into-a-sparkling-oasis-t4147.html
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarme
    I failed at keeping up with my pool in the winter and I dont know what to do now. My pool is really green and nasty. To top it off it has some bugs in it that look like those seamonkeys.... My husband wants to drain it becaus of the bugs. Should we drain and start over or should I shock it.
    How big is the pool? It might be cheaper to drain it than to burn through gallons and gallons of bleach. You'll probably still want to perform the shock process either way.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Pool calculator shows you have a volume of 6000 gallons. Compare your cost of water vs your cost of bleach. I just cleared up my green swamp (complete with sea monkeys) with $50 in chlorine. Even with refilling, I'd still go through the shock process to make sure whatever was in the hoses/filter/hidden cracks & crevices was dead.

    Sidenote: the mold for the lid to the Seamonkey tanks was made by my dad in our basement!
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Thank you for the advices. Here is my other problem. I cannot back wash. The pump/filter I have is from a underground pool that they converted to work for my aboveground pool. It work great if I didnt have this problem. But by what I have been reading I think I can shock it and once Im ready to vacuum the stuff from the bottom. I will just have the water flush out to my yard instead of the filter again. I hope I explain myself right. What do you think?
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    I just bought a Intex 2650 Sand filter pump just because the one I have is really ghetto.. I read and watched a video of installing the pump. After installing the pump it said to Backwash until a clear flow of water is observed in the waste/drain outlet or through the drain sediment window. But will I ever see clear water since I have a swamp going on in my pool? So I dont know if I should start shocking it with my old pump or install the new one.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Any advice regarding my last post please.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    You will be able to see a difference in the water color. It will be much dark at first and lighten up and look nearly clear when it is clean after a few minutes.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Have you tried backwashing yet? It could be that the turbidity is worse in the bulk pool water, but you will see clear in the backwash stream.

    Either way, the goal of backwashing is to clean the top of the sand bed. As long as you improve the flow, then you've accomplished that.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Thank you both.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    Have you looked any more at your water replacement costs? In many areas of the country this would be less than $30.
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    Re: Failed at having a pool.

    After 4 long weeks working on my pool... Well really 3, I was down 4 days from wisdom tooth extraction but it's almost crystal clear YAY Thank you all!!!!
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