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    Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    Hi everyone... just had to drain my above ground pool because I had tons of leaves, sticks, dirt in it from last fall. Long story but the cover got blow off before the water froze and all the leaves went in to the pool. Lesson learned for sure.

    So anyways.. I have drained the pool so far down to 6 inches of water. Most all leaves and sticks are out but I'm left with dirt and nasty slug on the bottom. What should be my next step to get it cleaned out? I still have the hose pulling water out of it but not sure the best way to clean out all the settled dirt out. any help would be awesome.

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    Sean

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    Re: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    Welcome to the forum.

    I would get in the pool and clean out as much of the sludge as possible. Everything will go easier if you get as much gunk out as is possible.

    Not sure of your set-up but you might be able to vacuum it out.
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    Re: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    Welcome!

    If you get one of those vacuums that runs off garden hose pressure, you could vauum up the sludge and refill at the same time.

    Or if you have a wet-dry shop vacuum, you could get in and brush all the crud to one area and suck it out with that.
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    Use your leaf rake. AND get water in that pool! You don't want to drain any more because you could unseat your liner and get major wrinkles! I know it's not easy but draining an above ground pool should only be done for 2 reasons: #1 is liner change and #2 is to dismantle the pool. That's it! Next year, secure the cover better so you won't have to go through this again. Good Luck!
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    Re: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    that little vac definitely got some stuff out but the mess allows direct to escape. I have the pool rover so I'm filling back up so that the water is just above the rover. The rover hopefully will get the dirt with its bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    Use your leaf rake. AND get water in that pool! You don't want to drain any more because you could unseat your liner and get major wrinkles! I know it's not easy but draining an above ground pool should only be done for 2 reasons: #1 is liner change and #2 is to dismantle the pool. That's it! Next year, secure the cover better so you won't have to go through this again. Good Luck!
    All of the large items are out of the pool now... mainly have dirt. It was extremely bad and so I felt I had to drain it because I used the pool rover for 2 weeks and it barely made a dent in it. hoping I can add some water back and let the rover at it for a few more days.

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    Vac to waste. Fill the pool and start the SLAM.
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    Re: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    Vac to waste. Fill the pool and start the SLAM.
    Sorry what do you mean by vac to waste? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by epicweb View Post
    Sorry what do you mean by vac to waste? thanks
    Some people have a valve on their filter that says Filter-recirc-waste-backwash-rinse

    The waste setting directs water so the pump sucks it out of the pool and sends it out the backwash/waste port, never getting near the filter.

    If you don't have one of those (see why we ask you to fill out your signature?) then you can't vacuum to waste so just ignore that.
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    You can vac to waste by filling your vacuum hose with water and creating a suction and dropping it over the side of the pool. It's essentially vac'ing to waste without a pump/filter.
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    Re: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    I have added more water to the pool so its at 2 feet right now. Looks very dirty still. Should I let the pool rover continue to run or let things settle out and stop the filling? photo (1).jpg

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    Re: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    Keep doing what you're doing. The rover will get big stuff out, but it'll take a filter to get the fine stuff that makes it look cloudy. And to run that, it has to be full.
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    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: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Keep doing what you're doing. The rover will get big stuff out, but it'll take a filter to get the fine stuff that makes it look cloudy. And to run that, it has to be full.
    thanks.. I will do that.
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    Re: Dirty Pool - Need help badly.

    The pool is looking much better... but now its cloudy. Going to test levels now.
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