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    New to the forum - Starting up - Lots of silt

    I read the very helpful sticky about starting up, but I'm afraid my pool may not quite be ready to proceed. Especially since it says to keep the pump running. Couple of issues:
    1) It's got lots (LOTS) of silty material - must this all be removed before running the pump?
    2) When the pool was almost started up about a year ago, the pump would run for a while and then lose pressure. Is that reason to just replace it?
    3) I would like to have new water, but I'm told that if I drain the pool, it can pop out of the ground. Is that true?

    The pool is completely green and I think frogs have been breeding in it and it's occurred to me that they have no way of hopping out after, so imagine the worst possible situation. It was never covered and shut down.
    Marie

    30-33 K gal (I think) plaster, Hayward DE Filter 60 sq ft, Main pump 2 HP Magnatek, Spa pump 1 HP Hayward (jets installed backwards), Waterfall pump .75 HP, phantom cleaner (broken)

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    Re: New to the forum - Starting up - Lots of silt

    Welcome to tfp, cheekynewb

    Quote Originally Posted by cheekynewb
    1) It's got lots (LOTS) of silty material - must this all be removed before running the pump?
    Remove what you can, the rest will can be filtered out, or in extreme cases vacuumed to waste.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheekynewb
    2) When the pool was almost started up about a year ago, the pump would run for a while and then lose pressure. Is that reason to just replace it?
    This could be do to a suction side leak, a vortex sucking air in at the skimmer, or a stuck weir. It probably would not be rectified by replacing the pump. The number 1 place for a suction side leak is the pump basket o-ring leaking.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheekynewb
    3) I would like to have new water, but I'm told that if I drain the pool, it can pop out of the ground. Is that true?
    What kind of pool do you have? In ground or above ground? Vinyl, plaster, fiberglass?

    Start by looking at this post: http://www.troublefreepool.com/turni...sis-t4147.html
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: New to the forum - Starting up - Lots of silt

    Welcome!

    First step: fill out your signature so we know where you are, what kind of pool and what kind of equipment you have. Does your equipment include a manual vacuum? A robotic cleaner? A proper test kit?

    Second step: get the water circulating. The pump doesn't shut off, right? It just loses prime?

    Third Step: read Pool School until you feel like this
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: New to the forum - Starting up - Lots of silt

    I'm not sure I understand why you want new water. Nothing happens to it. It has been around for millions of years, and will be around for millions of years to come.
    John
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    New to TFPC? Read Pool School a few times, then post questions. PoolMath will help with chemical additions.

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    Re: New to the forum - Starting up - Lots of silt

    Quote Originally Posted by cheekynewb
    3) I would like to have new water, but I'm told that if I drain the pool, it can pop out of the ground. Is that true?
    Yes it can happen. Your pool can float if your water table is high. That is why we tell people that if your aren't certain about whether you have water table issues or not, you should drain the pool in stages.

    There is no need to replace water unless you have a high CYA level.

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