═┤ve got to clean a pool which was sitting immediately on the edge of an enormous forest fire yesterday. The pool was crystal clear in the morning and now it┤s a swamp. Normally when I clear up a dirty pool I add floculante and vacuum when everything┤s settled to the bottom. However, in this case the surrounding patio and house is covered in a thick, sticky red substance which must also be in the pool (the pool┤s too dirty to see anything). I┤m guessing that it┤s tree sap from the burnt pine trees.
Do any of you people have experience of cleaning up this substance and if so how do you clear it from the pool? The house is rented out to some unlucky holiday makers so I┤d like to do what I need to asap but this is a new one for me! The pool is small (20000 litres) so I wondered if it would be quicker and cheaper to just empty the pool, scrub this substance from the bottom and refill.
Also of interest, I was at the pool yesterday morning before the fire and the chemistry was fine pH 7.5 TA 100, cya 60, free clor around 4ppm. This morning there┤s zero chlorine reading. I hate to think how much debris was blown into the water or even if a helicopter dropped water over the house (and pool) to prevent the fire, but I┤m in new territory here.
Any advice would be greatly apppreciated,