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    A Friend's nasty neglected pool - out of reagents, so.....

    A friend of mine requested my help with her nasty, neglected pool. It's an Intex Vinyl at 7,600 gallons, pump and filter, no SWG. I used the last of my R 0871 and R 0013 to test her pool. It came back FC 0, CYA 0, TA 70, pH 7.0 or lower. Since she got it about 6 weeks ago, she has "maintained" it with only the little 1" pucks of Trichlor and occasionally running her pump/filter. It was only slightly green, but very cloudy with all sorts of small debris on the bottom. I introduced her to this website, added 2 gallons of 3% bleach and filled a small bag she had available with a guestimated 1 1/3 cups of CYA and hung that in front of her return. I told her to add 1/2 gallon of her 8.25% bleach when the sun went down and another 1/2 gallon when it comes back up this morning. She has 3 pouches of the powdered Shock that has some CYA in it, but I suggested she save that for later. I loaned her an aeration device to bring her pH up and told her to run it overnight.

    Obviously, I can't test it for FC due to absence of reagent until the new supply arrives, which will probably be mid-week. I'll test her pH today to see where it stands.

    Any suggestions other than keep adding bleach and letting the filter run constantly? I'm going to suggest that she change from 1/2 gallon (at 8.25%) mornings and evenings to 1/3 gallon. OR... Would it be better to use her pouches of shock since it has some CYA in it?

    EDIT- oh, she has a battery operated vacuum which I've told her to operate very SLOWLY (so as not to stir up all the debris on the bottom). Of course by that time, she had already stirred it up quite thoroughly. Hopefully it settled down overnight.
    Home pool: Intex 11,400 gallon AG vinyl pool with sand filter & SWG. Taylor K-2006 test kit - coastal Georgia. I'm also in charge of the Elk's Lodge Pool, which is 55,000 gallons in-ground concrete with sand filter, 2 HP Hayward pump, currently using tri-chlor pucks and cal-hypo system.

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    Re: A Friend's nasty neglected pool - out of reagents, so.....

    Good luck on helping your friend!

    Have you taught her about removing the debris from the bottom? If she's done that, you probably could reduce the bleach to 1/3 morning and night.
    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.

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    Re: A Friend's nasty neglected pool - out of reagents, so.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_R View Post
    Good luck on helping your friend!

    Have you taught her about removing the debris from the bottom? If she's done that, you probably could reduce the bleach to 1/3 morning and night.
    Yea, I thought of that after I posted and edited the post to include that info. I don't know if it'll settle back down to the bottom with the pump running, but I'll find out today when I go over there.
    Home pool: Intex 11,400 gallon AG vinyl pool with sand filter & SWG. Taylor K-2006 test kit - coastal Georgia. I'm also in charge of the Elk's Lodge Pool, which is 55,000 gallons in-ground concrete with sand filter, 2 HP Hayward pump, currently using tri-chlor pucks and cal-hypo system.

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    Re: A Friend's nasty neglected pool - out of reagents, so.....

    Sounds like a good plan until your new regent arrives.
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge.
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