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    Yikes. Opening after winter.

    I'm sure not looking forward to cleaning the 3 feet of murky mess that is my pool in order to open it in a couple weeks. Maybe you will have some tips to make it easier?

    The cover got blown into it and frozen. And frankly, I sorta hibernate for winter. Today was maybe the second or third time I even looked at it since I closed it up last October.

    Also, is there some machine I can set in it to clean it or maintain it's cleaning? I'd pay up to $300 IF such a contraption is deemed worth it.
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    You just need to scoop as much gunk out as you can. Circulate for an hour. Test at least the pH and CYA. Adjust if needed. And then follow the SLAM Process.

    Shoot, if you lived near me, I would clean it up for $300
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    275 here!
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Hmmmmmm....very tempting!!

    only a few hours drive, might take a day or three.......
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    How about drain, scrub and fresh fill.
    1) The size of your pool in gallons 4440.
    2) The type filter you have is an Intex 2500 gph and it has a re-useable fabric filter
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground)
    4) Intex 15 by 48 metal frame.
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump 2500gph and the size (flow rate) of your filter.
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Quote Originally Posted by JustThe12OfUs View Post
    I'm sure not looking forward to cleaning the 3 feet of murky mess that is my pool in order to open it in a couple weeks. Maybe you will have some tips to make it easier?
    Kids. If you dont have any, then the next best thing is a pool cleaning party. One of my friends does it every year. Buy a couple more nets, some "refreshments" and a bunch of porkchops or pizza.

    If you dont have any friends either, then it might be rough going getting all the muck out.
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    With your pool being 5000 gallons, I'd second a vote for a drain/refill. You may need to reset the liner some, but in the long run I'd expect this to be cheaper/quicker than the Slam process.

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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Another vote for a drain and start over.
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    That's three for drain and refill
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Get what you can out with a net and drain. Then go in with a hose, brush and bleach. Don't forget to check the liner as you fill for wrinkles. I forgot and had foot prints all season.

    1) The size of your pool in gallons 4440.
    2) The type filter you have is an Intex 2500 gph and it has a re-useable fabric filter
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground)
    4) Intex 15 by 48 metal frame.
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump 2500gph and the size (flow rate) of your filter.
    Southeastern, Pennsylvania.

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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    I'm voting for drain and restart simply because it's faster.
    Thanks!
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    I agree drain and refill. Sounds like the cheapest option.
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Alright. I drained and refilled and everything is up and running. I seem to be having a problem getting my FC and CYA Levels up to where they should be. I poured in the amounts suggested with the pool chem table according to the numbers from my testing and they are staying 0 and <30?

    Obviously I could just keep adding more of both, but I thought I'd double check to see if there could be some other problem I'm missing?

    FC 0
    PH 7.2
    CYA <30
    TA 70

    I put those in the calculator and it tells me to add bleach and CYA, I do that, then check it again in the am and the numbers are the same. Pump is working fine as far as I can tell... It's still too cold to swim in for more an a few minutes if that makes a huge difference. I do remember that at initial set up last year I felt like I used a lot of bleach at first...
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    CYA will not show up on the test for about a week. You know what your target is, and once you have added that to the pool, bring your FC to the appropriate level for the target CYA.
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_R View Post
    CYA will not show up on the test for about a week. You know what your target is, and once you have added that to the pool, bring your FC to the appropriate level for the target CYA.
    Ohhhhh. Okay. Well toot. I don't think I added too much CYA... But I should keep adding bleach until it comes up, right?

    So glad I checked in after adding twice. I usually don't put in as much liquid CYA as the calculator says so I think that paid off.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Why are you not hitting your target? You're using the pool math right? You're shooting for 4ppm FC right?
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    Yep. And that's why I came here. I have no idea why I'm not hitting target on the chlorine. I understand, now, why the CYA hasn't changed yet, but not the chlorine.
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    What test kit you using? Do you have CC's?
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    Re: Yikes. Opening after winter.

    No mater what, it comes up clear in the testing. FC, Tc, CC

    Weird. My CYA isn't showing up yet either.

    The water is crystal clear. The pump seems to be working fine. I switched it to boost.

    But I can't get the chlorine up? I guess I could just keep adding and adding more?

    My Ph went up to 7.4
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