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    Pool green, drain or save?

    Hello all, let my pool go with arrival of our 1st baby 16' ft round intex ultra. . I was planning on draining and moving a few pavers that were on the leg edge. Can I drain now or should I wait until spring? I kinda want to clean it up and Def don't want a mosquito breeding ground lol.
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    Re: Pool green, drain or save?

    If there is Mosquito activity taking place before you redo the pavers I'd say yes to ahead and do it before that happens.
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    Re: Pool green, drain or save?

    Not yet but don't want it lol! Also looking into a sand filter upgrade as well
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    Re: Pool green, drain or save?

    I'd do it now. You can't be sure we won't be under water rationing later on this year. Fill it while you can.
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    Re: Pool green, drain or save?

    Thank you, then it will be ready for summer l plus my neighbors cut down a major tree that was dropping everything in the pool. If I drain clean and refill do I just keep my cya and chlorine level up to maintain?
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    Re: Pool green, drain or save?

    Do I just drain scrub and rinse out then refill?
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    Re: Pool green, drain or save?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slammed01 View Post
    Do I just drain scrub and rinse out then refill?
    Pretty much. Maybe use some bleach in a spray bottle to treat the walls. Clean out as much as you can and then follow the directions for a fresh fill: adjust pH first, weigh out the appropriate CYA and put it in a sock to dissolve, and then add chlorine.

    If your pH is high and your TA is into triple digits - common in California - you can start the pool with trichlor pucks in a floater or by using powdered dichlor until the CYA level gets where you want it. According to Intex, your pool holds 5,061 gallons. Four pounds of either will get your CYA up to around 50, so don't buy more than that, and just use it to chlorinate until it's all gone and then switch to bleach. Don't add all four pounds all at once! You'll bleach the liner if you do.

    If TA is below 100, forget that and just manually add acid and stabilizer and bleach as needed according to Poolmath. Only worry about getting the CYA level up to about 50 and maintain pH and FC. TA is not something you normally need to worry about in California, and there's nothing you can do about high CH. Low CH is not a problem with a vinyl pool. Just get the CYa up and maintain pH and FC.
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    Re: Pool green, drain or save?

    Thank you!! got a little liquid cya from the first fill, I guess I need to get a puck floater for when out of town... Think that could have saved me lol just picked up 3 g of bleach at Costco too
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