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Thread: Help! We cannot clear the debris from the bottom of our pool

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    Help! We cannot clear the debris from the bottom of our pool

    32 diameter, AG approx. 26,000 gal w/ sand filter

    Our pool cover ripped over the winter and there is a lot of debris (fine silt to very small leaves) on the bottom of the pool. The water was surprisingly clear at the time of opening, the bottom just looked more like a pond than a pool. Of course, we knew what we were in for and we procrastinated opening the pool (too long). We uncovered it on Saturday, and started filling it so that we could vacuum (waste out, not filter). We are basically unable to vacuum. It clogs the impeller of the pump within 10 minutes, even with cleaning out the basket. By the time the pump basket is full (less than 10 minutes), the impeller is already clogged. We tried skimming/sweeping the bottom, and were able to net only very small amounts. At the rate we can make progress this way, we will never be able to get the bottom clear. We need to take the pump apart in order to clear the clog each time. We don't know what to do. We cannot spend the money to pay a pool company to come a clean it.

    At this point, water chemistry isn't even a consideration. Because we are pumping out to waste and bypassing the filter, we haven't begun to treat the water.

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    Join Date
    May 2013
    Ocean County NJ

    Re: Help! We cannot clear the debris from the bottom of our

    Buy a sewage pump from home depot or sumpumps and will clear no problem.
    Freeform gunite, 14,000 gallon saltwater sport pool.
    10 ton moss rock w/ waterfall, 50 sq ft raised spa.
    Bluestone coping, pebblesheen. Jandy pro flo 1 hp pump, legacy 325k heater.

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    Jun 2013
    Fallsburg, NY

    Re: Help! We cannot clear the debris from the bottom of our

    I recommend Zoeller pumps, they are built like tanks and can handle up to 1/2 inch solid debris on their submersible sump pumps, their effluent (sewage) pumps can probably handle worse. Also they use standard 1 1/2 inch ID plumbing fittings, so it is much easier to get what you need at the local hardware store to direct that effluent where you want it.
    8638 gallon 20'x52" Intex ultra frame round AG. 2650 gph Intex Sand Filter. Intex krystal Klear SWG. (newer model that includes copper ion generation) Hayward 1091LX skimmer, Kreepy Krauly lil shark. Taylor K-2006 w/speed stir and sample sizer. New this year, Intex PureSpa - dichlor-> bleach method for sanitizing.
    New pool, 16'x36' (approx 18000 gal) in ground pool, Haywood DE filter

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