1. K

    What does my pool need?

    16x32 above ground pool, all levels perfectly balanced including ph, hardness, chlorine and free chlorine. It’s been crystal clear and beautifully blue all summer. Had almost a week of really high temps and then a lot of storms and rain. Shocked it and kinda at a loss now? Is it the beginning of...
  2. goodyFH

    Cloudy pool, help!!!

    Backstory: Bought house with pool in January. Got it going good with yalls advise. I bought a stenner pump and a drum of chlorine. its been going good. I go on vacation last week, i thought i had plenty chlorine in the stenner but i was wrong. Got home saturday to a very green pool. I poured a...
  3. A

    Mustard Algae

    I’ve been SLAM’ing for close to a week - my second time doing so because I think I jumped the gun a day or two early last time I believe. I have passed the OCLT three mornings in a row. CC is virtually zero. But there is still a small amount of mustard algae every 12 hours or so, when I vacuum...
  4. J

    Pool bonding problem caused by Cable TV service-any advice appreciated

    I have a 20x40 inground vinyl pool. Pool installer was very experienced, put in about 8 years ago. The pool was bonded, I remember seeing the green wire around it before concrete and concrete rebar was wired together as well. He showed me some ohms tests showing ground to pump bolt was...
  5. M

    Is shocking your pool necessary?

    Guys, out here in Northern California. I have a 30,000 gallon pool and I always put a cover in my pool year round. I only open the cover while using it but if i do not get time to swim I do let it breathe at least once a week in summer and once every 2 weeks in winter. However, I never shock my...
  6. E

    Day3 of SLAM - Question?

    Hi Everyone, I opened my pool last week and got almost all of the visible organics out. I’m on Day 3 of the SLAM. My CYA was high 70, so I needed to get FC up to 28 according to the chart. I’m almost there - FC dropped a little bit after the first day, and I added some additional chlorine...
  7. Z

    Opened Pool - High CYA

    Hello Everyone, I opened my pool about a week ago and I'm dealing with a semi-cloudy pool (not bad, I can see main drain fine) and the smell of chloramines. I'm in the NE, I have loop lock cover and the pool water is usually disgusting when I open it - that's why I try to start early. I...
  8. R

    Shock level and when to SLAM?

    My SWG was off for the winter. Last week, my FC level had dropped to 0.5 or 0. I noticed some color in the corners and hoped it was pollen, so I raised the FC to around 10 bc that was all the dichlor I had. finally did a filter clean today and color is back in corners. Think I need to SLAM, but...
  9. R

    In Dichlor-Bleach Hot Tub, are weekly chlorine shocks necessary?

    As part of weekly or monthly maintenance in a dichlor-then-bleach hot tub, are chlorine shocks necessary (12-13ppm FC, 30ppm CYA)? Or is it just in response to problems (cloudiness, odor, foaming, etc.)? Just getting over some hot tub rash, so I want to make sure I'm dotting every "i".
  10. N

    Using Shock as a Chlorinator? Could I use In The Swim Sodium Di-Chlor Chlorine Granular Pool Shock as an everyday chlorinator? If so, how can I formulate PPM for each ounce? Thank you all.
  11. L

    Started the Summer with Algae - now we can’t get rid of a stinky smell in the water!

    First time poster here! Background info: we have a 20,000 gallon in the ground pool and have had it working well for 4 summers now. We have a sand filter and a nature 2 cartridge. We have an automatic cover so it’s usually covered unless in use, and it’s used probably every other day. This is...
  12. R

    Pool still green after shock

    I have an above ground pool that is 22’ by 52” with a salt water sand filter. I went out of town for a week and when I can home I seen that my pump tripped out and the pool is green. I threw 3 pounds of Trichlor shock and allowed the filter to run continuously for two days and nothing happened...
  13. W

    Adding Shock Chlorine Granules in a New Pool

    Hi all, I have just recently set up a 14ft pool and need to add Chlorine as currently the water doesn't have any. I have bought some Shock Chlorine Granules but unfortunately I have been sent Non Chlorine Granules. Can I still use these or do I need actual Chlorine Granules to initially kick...
  14. jkeubank

    Liquid Chlorine

    May I ask where everyone is buying their chlorine from? I know shelf life is important and making sure it is not old after reading threads. I am also wondering if more people just go for the bleach or the actual liquid chlorine? I am just starting to move myself to the TFP way of pool upkeep...
  15. D

    Non-Chlorine or Chlorine Shock

    So over the last week I had noticed that the deep end of my 16x32 pool had become a little murky, after testing it i realized the chlorine had gone now to almost nothing. I use a floater with three inch pucks to supply it. I refilled the floater and added a granular cal-hypo to try and quickly...
  16. C

    Algae won’t go away!

    Opened the pool to find an extreme case of algae build up. Got the water tested and results recommended adding15 oz. of Soda Ash, wait 24 hrs. then add 4 lbs of Hardness Plus every 4 hours for a total of 28 lbs. After 24 hours from final Hardness Plus application measured the water again. Ph...
  17. Shock Explained

    Shock Explained

    Seldom is there a term that confuses new users more than Shock. It may mean a product or an action. This confusion often causes new users to take actions tha...
  18. FC/CYA Ratio

    FC/CYA Ratio

    Perhaps a cornerstone element of Trouble Free Pool Care (TFPC) is understanding the relationship between the chlorine in your pool and the stabilizer you put...
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  20. K

    Pressure Rising very fast

    My 72 year old (female) Friend had an algae problem caused by a broken pump motor and a lot of leaves. I replaced to broken motor, cleaned to DE Filter, got as many of the leaves out as possible without being able to see the bottom of the pool. I Shocked the pool and ran the pump until my...