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    Can't Stabilize Pool

    Well here's my story:

    Bought an Intex 18x48" 2 months ago and it was great for the first month and half. All pool levels were stable and had crystal clear water. I went on vacation and that's where the heartache began. Seems we lost power and timers did not kick the pump or saltwater system back on. I got home and the pool was green so I immediately shocked the pool. It turned blue for about a day then right back to green. So 3 days ago I shocked the pool again and now the chlorine is still through the roof. I am at a loss, I have read and re-read the pool school and shock information and still cannot get the pool to stabilize.

    I am beginning to think there is another culprit....the pump/filter. This thing is noisy and excuse my language but I can probably pee harder than then amount of water coming through pump. The pump has been running non stop for the past 5 days, rinsing filter morning and night. There is small amounts of dead algae being caught in the filter, but does not seem to be catching as much as i would think. Should I upgrade the pump to the intex sand filter?!?!

    Also I have been brushing the bottom of the pool to clean up any dead algae. Now theimage.jpg Pool water is still cloudy blue with maybe 2' of visibility.

    Here are my current water conditions:

    Free chlorine: 11.48ppm
    Total chlorine: 15.00ppm
    Combined chlorine : 3.58ppm
    Ph: 7.2
    Hardness: 156ppm
    Alkalinity:92ppm
    Cya:36ppm
    Salt:3200

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    With that much CC and cloudy water, you should still be SLAMing the pool. Though your chlorine is higher than normal, it isn't at shock level. That will slow things down some. Read SLAMing Your Pool for more information.

    You are at a disadvantage with the Intex filters. They do okay keeping the water clear, but they struggle when the water gets out of hand.
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Thanks for the quick response! With a CYA of 36 what should I bring the chlorine up to?
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by 20pilot View Post
    Thanks for the quick response! With a CYA of 36 what should I bring the chlorine up to?
    I'd go for 16ppm.
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    How are you testing your water to get numbers like that?
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Awesome! Going to pick the bleach up now!

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    Those were tested by the pool store today, I have the TF 100.

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    The test today was done by the pool store. I use the tf-100.
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Stop posting pool store results; we do not trust them. Post your test results ... they are better.
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Tested the water this morning: Free chlorine: 19ppm

    I know its a little higher than the 16 recommended, should I just leave it?


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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Also, the pool water did look a tad bit clearer this morning. I went ahead and brushed the entire bottom of the pool and hosed the filter. Filter had a faint brown tint to it but nothing substantial.
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Just follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process. That FC will drop fairly quickly back down to 16ppm.

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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Jblizzle- Thanks for the advice. I am going to check the levels when I get off of work, againa thanks for all of the help!
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Well, I am on my third day of slamming. Due to work, I have only been able to test morning and night. Water is still cloudy, just like when I started. Over night my FC has been dropping 3/4 ppm, however the CC has leveled out at .5. Currently my FC is 17 ppm. Should I continue to slam till water clears?
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    To consider a SLAM process complete, you need to pass all three criteria:

    1. crystal clear water
    2. CC < 0.5
    3. Overnight loss 1 or less
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    So I guess I'm still slamming!
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    I know that this a process but I thought that it would be quicker. Would increasing the FC help?
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Patience, grasshopper. It's only day 3. No, increasing the chlorine levels higher than the chlorine/cya chart recommendations won't help. It took a while for your pool chemistry to get in this shape - it is gonna take time to get it out. Follow the SLAM process to the letter. I promise, it works. Search Richard320's inspirational links for picture proof.
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Haha, I know. It's 99 degrees today, it's so close too. I am beginning to see the bottom which was rewarding!
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Yes, it is! Now grab you an adult beverage and sit and stare at the water. won't accomplish anything but a good buzz.
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Haha! That started at phase one!
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    Re: Can't Stabilize Pool

    Soooo??? How's it going?
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