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    Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    After several visits to Leslie's and a couple different pool companies coming out, I'm coming to you for help! Our pool pump broke and in the process of waiting for home warranty to fix it, we ended up with a ton of algae. First pool guy (who fixed the pump) suggested a super-shock plus algae treatment. It worked.... except for getting the stuff stuck to the steps/sides. So, we called out another guy to do the cleaning. He said the super-shock caused the algae to stick to the sides and the only option is to drain the pool and use a pressure washer. As you can see, the water looks good and we seem to have all the chemicals where they need to be. I can't believe that draining is our only option! Thoughts?

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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    Hi
    And welcome to TFP. you have came to the right place.

    The pool guys are wrong on every level and so is any advice or product from the pool store as well as pool store test results. They are horribly in accurate.

    It can come off of there, but its a process, not a one or 2 time treatment. There is no miracle cure.
    You will need to use liquid chlorine to solve the problem. Either regular household bleach without any anti splash or foaming additives or any of that stuff. Just regular bleach.
    Liquid Chlorine pool shock will work too.

    You will need to test the water and add chlorine several times a day, so you'll need a good and reliable test kit with a FAS-DPD chlorine test and a CYA test.
    we recommend either the TF100 or the Taylor K2006. The TF100 is the best bang for the buck.
    The Taylor K2006 is available several places online. The TF100 is available at only TFTestkits.net and http://www.pool supplyworld.com on the west coast.

    once you have the test kit, you need to test all of your water parameters and post them here if you have any questions.
    After that, adjust your pH to 7.2. Test for CYA and determine what that is, then use the below FC/CYA chart to dermine what the FC level wil be for the SLAM
    then start the SLAM.
    Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain


    Use pool math to determine how much of something you need to add for pH adjustment and chlornie addition to keep your FC at slam level.
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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    I assume that is a masonry pool? What have you tried to loosen the algae? Regular brush? Wire brush? just Chemistry?

    It sounds like you need a stainless steel brush....available online. Unless you have not brushed it at all. Let us know.

    BTW, when you get that algae loose, Divin Dave has you on the right path above.
    After several visits to Leslie's and a couple different pool companies coming out, I'm coming to you for help!
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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    Yes, we tried brushing with a regular brush and the pool cleaners that couldn't get it were using a stainless steel brush.

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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    It can be fixed right here at TFP!

    The above posts have you covered. I just wanted to say HI and let you know it can be fixed!

    Kim
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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    Since the SS brush didn't work (hard to imagine) than you are going to have to remove it with chemistry AND brushing.

    I am not sure you need to SLAM the Pool but at the very least you are going to have to elevate your chlorine for what may be a couple of weeks or more.

    Now, to tell you how much to elevate the FC, we need test results like this...

    FC
    pH
    CC
    CH
    CYA

    Can you provide those for us?
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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    Yes, we are going to work on getting those levels posted asap. Thank you all!

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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    And to think we were told to drain this pool! Thank you so much everyone! I'll be getting the levels checked today. Now that it's been shocked quite a bit, we'll need to get back to normal. Thank you!!!!

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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    Your pool looks great. Did the chlorine fix it without any additional brushing? Fill us in so every one learns.
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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    Lots of shock around the perimeter of the pool (problem area) and a wire brush/lots of elbow grease immediately after pouring in the chlorine. Repeated 24 hours later. OH....almost forgot to mention, my alkaline levels were off so I poured in a gallon of muriatic acid before starting.

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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    TFP does it again! SWEET!

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    Re: Help! Algae STUCK to sides/steps

    Nice work! Looks great.
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