Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: What is a scum bag?

  1. Back To Top    #1

    What is a scum bag?

    What is a scum bag and where do I get one?

    I saw a scum bug on Amazon.

    Thanks.
    HoltPool
    21K gal SWG gunite pool/spa/waterfall, Goldline ProLogic controls, 2 2.0 HP Hayward Northstar pumps, hayward heater, 4 cartridge, Polaris 9300 sport robot, TFP-100 test kit owner

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    bUg or bAg?

    A ScumBug is a foam thing that you put in the skimmer that soaks up excess oil (think suntan lotion) floating on the surface. Most people don't need one, but if sun tan lotion/oil is popular with your family/friends it can be handy.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Mod Squad zea3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    9,198

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    We need to clarify a bit. Are you looking for a scum ball, that goes in the skimmer and collects oils from lotions and sunscreen, or a slime bag that you can attach to a return or use in a robotic cleaner that filter out very fine debris?
    TFP Moderator
    Helpful links: TF Test Kits,TFP Pool School, PoolMath
    Vogue 21' round AG, Pentair 1 hp 2 speed pump, 36 sq ft DE filter, Hayward S180T 150# sand filter, Houston, Texas
    Love TFP? Become a
    TFP Supporter!

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    San Rafael, CA USA
    Posts
    12,082

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    If you mean Scum Bug, it's similar to a Scum-Ball and is just a porous material that absorbs water insoluble chemicals such as oils, lotions, and foam. It is similar to the material used in cartridge filters except it's folded in on itself to have a very high surface area in a compact space. It works by floating on the water, usually in the skimmer, and any oils floating on the water attach to it. It's most useful when you don't have a high enough flow rate to pull such oils from the skimmer towards the filter (i.e. it just floats on the water in the skimmer if the flow rate is not high enough to create a funnel effect).
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    When the wind is light or my waterfall is off I don't feel that I get strong pull to the skimmers so I can see pollen or light dust on top of the water. We do use sunscreen too. Near the end of my season last year I was seeing more of an oily looking "scum" on top of the water too.

    Just curious as to the products out there. Saw some posts on scumbAgs and saw a scumbUg on Amazon but wasn't sure if they were the same thing or were used for the same purpose.

    Any advice or thoughts on good products?
    HoltPool
    21K gal SWG gunite pool/spa/waterfall, Goldline ProLogic controls, 2 2.0 HP Hayward Northstar pumps, hayward heater, 4 cartridge, Polaris 9300 sport robot, TFP-100 test kit owner

  6. Back To Top    #6
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    There is also a Slime Bag, which is a super fine filtering bag that can be attached to a return to catch super fine debris that makes it through the filter.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  7. Back To Top    #7
    nedchavez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Posts
    111

    What is a scum bag?

    Quote Originally Posted by HoltPool View Post
    What is a scum bag and where do I get one?
    PM me your address and I will send my brother over, you can have him. 😊
    16' x 32' IG vinyl liner w/ hopper bottom (12,500 gal), Single-speed 1 HP Sta-Rite pump, and 300# Cristal-Flo sand filter, TF-100 test kit

  8. Back To Top    #8
    Casey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW PA
    Posts
    10,157

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    Quote Originally Posted by nedchavez View Post
    PM me your address and I will send my brother over, you can have him. ��
    You are so rotten! OMG...
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

  9. Back To Top    #9

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    Lol. Thanks but I have my own share of scum bags in the family!!
    HoltPool
    21K gal SWG gunite pool/spa/waterfall, Goldline ProLogic controls, 2 2.0 HP Hayward Northstar pumps, hayward heater, 4 cartridge, Polaris 9300 sport robot, TFP-100 test kit owner

  10. Back To Top    #10
    Charlie_R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Mexico, MO
    Posts
    2,156

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    Quote Originally Posted by nedchavez View Post
    PM me your address and I will send my brother over, you can have him. ��
    I'll trade you your brother for my daughter's ex BF. Got a beautiful baby girl from that, but he's still a piece of work.....
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

  11. Back To Top    #11

    TFP Guide

    Kiss4aFrog's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Hudson, WI
    Posts
    2,602

    Re: What is a scum bag?

    I used them (ScumBug) last year and they do help. You want to shop price on them as they can vary by quite a bit. That and make sure you know if you're getting a single or two pack for the $$.
    '70s IG Vinyl 32K gal, Lazy L, Hayward SuperPump 1.5hp 120V, S240 Sand Filter W/DE
    Solar Blanket, Well Water, Borax Added, TF-100 tester. ? too cold
    1979, 275gal Conway Emerald Spa P-100-2, ES-2 Spa Pack, bromine floater, indoor
    TF-100, Best test kit - TFTestkits.net
    Please help keep the lights on, become a TFP Supporter!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •