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    Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    I drained my pool this week, realizing that it was completely out of hand with algae and leaves in the bottom. We did not have a good cover strategy over the winter.
    At any rate, after draining it, there are algae stains that aren't coming off very easy. We've removed the poles so we can get to the lining a little easier to clean.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    Fill it up, follow the steps in "How to Shock your Pool" in Pool School - (upper right corner) then keep your FC at the upper end of your recommended range - See the CYA chart link in my sig - and the stains will fade over a few weeks.
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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    Do as directed, but also brush the pool daily. It's a good workout and it'll scrub that algae off.
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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    Fill it up, follow the steps in "How to Shock your Pool" in Pool School - (upper right corner) then keep your FC at the upper end of your recommended range - See the CYA chart link in my sig - and the stains will fade over a few weeks.
    So.... am I wasting my time scrubbing with a scrub brush and bleach...?

    When we set it up initially, one side (foundation ground) wasn't leveled out, so this has been a great chance to get that fixed!

    Oh, noticed a small leak on the very bottom liner is that something I need t try and figure out and patch? Thanks!

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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    Definitely patch the liner
    11,700 gallon 21' round 54" deep all-resin AGP - June 2012
    Waterway 1HP 2-speed pump / 100 sq ft cartridge filter
    Hayward 150,000btu Natural Gas heater
    I use and recommend the TF-100 for testing

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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    Yes, patch it before you fill if possible. Yes with organic stains constant chlorine level will fade them just fine (and save you some energy .
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    Yes, patch it before you fill if possible. Yes with organic stains constant chlorine level will fade them just fine (and save you some energy .
    Whats the best way to ID a very small hole.... on the bottom liner with no water in it?

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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    Fill it up, follow the steps in "How to Shock your Pool" in Pool School - (upper right corner) then keep your FC at the upper end of your recommended range - See the CYA chart link in my sig - and the stains will fade over a few weeks.

    Read the CYA chart, and reviewed shock process. Was hoping to find some alternative methods that may be a little lower costing. Any advise there?

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    Re: Cleaning algae stains from 15' Intex pool

    This is the lowest cost methods for maintaining pools on the market. Once you reach shock level, with a fresh fill, you only have to do that once. Let it drop to normal. Say your CYA is 50. Keep your FC at a 7 or 8 for a week or so, and nightly you are talking about is adding one half of a small jug of 8.25% bleach. You could use generic, like from Aldi for about $1.30 a day or less it will cost you, to keep it at that level for a week.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    http://www.PerfectlyClearPoolService.com

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