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    Help me get my pool as clear as my dad did

    My father used to be the master mind of maintaining our pool but I no longer have his help. I'm not very familiar with pool maintenance other than the basics like backwashing it and keeping it clean.

    We have a saltwater pool with a DE Filter that was opened about 4 days ago and it has turned green with algae. It rained a lot the other day and the pool became overfilled so I let out water and I also backwashed it. I also tested the salt concentration this morning and bought enough to bring it up to 3500 ppm but I have not put the salt in the pool yet. I noticed that the the skimmers and jets weren't running so I cleared any debris and backwashed it again and noticed that they started working however after a little while they don't work as well or just stop working. The filter is also at around 32 psi. Any advice on how to get the pool clear would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Help me get my pool as clear as my dad did

    Welcome to the forum. Educate yourself with basic pool chemistry in pool school and our recommended levels there. Time to read on how to SLAM that pool as well. Is that gauge stuck or does it return to zero when the pump is off?
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    Re: Help me get my pool as clear as my dad did

    Welcome to the forum!

    We'll be happy to help, but you will have to do a little work as well. Step 1 is buy a good test kit. Step 2 is to immerse yourself in pool school. Step 3 is to SLAM the pool.
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    Re: Help me get my pool as clear as my dad did

    I will definitely start to read up on them. The gauge works fine. That is just the level it was at when I took the picture.

    Do you have any advice about the skimmer and jet issue?

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    Re: Help me get my pool as clear as my dad did

    The flow is decreasing and the PSI is increasing because the filter is clogging up - basically, it's doing its job exactly the way it's supposed to.
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    Re: Help me get my pool as clear as my dad did

    Oh okay. Well that's good to hear. Thanks a lot

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