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    Bubbles/Soapy/Suds floating on top of water

    I am just now opening my pool from a dark green swamp by following the directions from this forum. I'm on day 4, pump has been running 24/7 and I've been keeping the pool up to shock level as much as possible. Any clue on where these bubbles are coming from? They do seem to be blowing out the returns...

    Today's test: (I added bleach and muriatic acid after yesterday's test)
    FC 13.5
    CC 1.5
    TC 15
    pH 7.6
    T/A 130
    CH didnt test
    CYA 75

    Yesterday's test:
    FC 6
    CC 1
    TC 7
    pH 8.2
    T/A 130
    CH 70
    CYA 80



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    26,000 Gallon, In-ground, Vinyl lined, Sand Filter, BBB Method, TF-100, SpeedStir

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    Re: Bubbles/Soapy/Suds floating on top of water

    Welcome to TFP!
    Did you use any algaecide? That can cause foaming...but even if you didn't, a swamp cleanup often does funny things all by itself. Keep at it!
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    Re: Bubbles/Soapy/Suds floating on top of water

    Ok, I did not use algaecide...only liquid unscented bleach. Thanks, I'll keep at it! So I should bring it up to shock level again right now, correct?
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    Re: Bubbles/Soapy/Suds floating on top of water

    Quote Originally Posted by dkellerd
    Ok, I did not use algaecide...only liquid unscented bleach. Thanks, I'll keep at it! So I should bring it up to shock level again right now, correct?
    Yes. The more diligent you are about maintaining FC, the faster it clears.

    I've seen pictures with foam here before, not a cause to worry.
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    Re: Bubbles/Soapy/Suds floating on top of water

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Looks like you are making pretty good progress. Your FC looks a little low for the shock process ... if you CYA is up near 80ppm (which could warrant replacing 1/3 of the water in itself) then the shock FC level you should be maintaining is 30 ppm:
    pool-school/chlorine_cya_chart_shock

    Yes, keep raising it up to shock level every hour if you can.
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    Re: Bubbles/Soapy/Suds floating on top of water

    Great news! Thanks alot! I've spent alot of time reading this forum over the past year...really appreciate the help!

    Heading out to go dump some more bleach now...cheers!


    And my CYA was over 110 end of last year...I'm just happy to see it's at 75 now. I figure I'll do the initial vacuuming to waste, then refilling the pool may bring the CYA down into proper levels...
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    26,000 Gallon, In-ground, Vinyl lined, Sand Filter, BBB Method, TF-100, SpeedStir

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