Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Page 1 of 5 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 81

Thread: First time poster green pool

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    First time poster green pool

    First time on the forum, I can tell there is a wealth of knowledge already. Well my pool is already green. I'm looking for advice on where to begin. I've attached a few pics. It looks like I should look into a good kit and go right into the SLAM method. Does anyone have any other advice? I tried a couple of years ago doing this on my own. I ended up hiring a pool guy last summer, and he convinced me to drain my pool, promising all of my algae problems would be gone. And here I am again. Should I rinse the filters out before beginning?

    My hope is to do this myself and not spend more on chemicals than it would be to re-hire the pool guy. Thanks in advance for your help.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad tim5055's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Franklin, NC
    Posts
    9,892

    Re: First time poster green pool

    My first suggestion is to stop going to the pool store and pool "guys". Their only response it to sell you something.

    I will tell you, it didn't turn green overnight and it will take time to clear. But, we can teach you how to get it sparkling and keep it that was for a lot less money than the pool store.

    You are correct, you need a test kit. We base our pool care system on accurate testing and only adding what the pool needs, when it needs it. To do that you need your own accurate test kit. Order a TF100 and at least include the XL option. That will give you what you need while you are clearing the pool, and probably enough reagents for a couple of years normal use.

    While you wait for it to get delivered, you have a homework reading assignment. Start with ABCs of Water Chemistry and Turning Your Green Swamp Back into a Sparkling Oasis
    TFP Moderator

    Trouble Free Pool is a free resource. The people who answer questions are volunteers. If you find the site to be a good resource, please consider making a donation to help support the site. Thanks.

    Support the site

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    Thanks Tim.


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    I'm sure it's been asked a millionaire n times, but how important is the magnetic stirrer?


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Mod Squad Jimrahbe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Bedford, TX
    Posts
    9,248

    Re: First time poster green pool

    Wayne,

    You can compare it to taking a tire off using a lug wrench, or an air tool...

    I didn't think it important until after I did the tests manually. I now have the SpeedStir and you'd have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands...

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

  6. Back To Top    #6
    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    33,884

    Re: First time poster green pool

    We can get your pool clear and help you keep it that way. The test kit is the first step. Once you get the kit let us know and we will get you started on the SLAM.

    Magic stirrer-you can do without it but why???? LOL

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

  7. Back To Top    #7

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    Thanks just ordered it!


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  8. Back To Top    #8
    Mod Squad tim5055's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Franklin, NC
    Posts
    9,892

    Re: First time poster green pool

    It is a great addition. They speed testing and accuracy.
    TFP Moderator

    Trouble Free Pool is a free resource. The people who answer questions are volunteers. If you find the site to be a good resource, please consider making a donation to help support the site. Thanks.

    Support the site

  9. Back To Top    #9

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    Hello everyone, my TF-100 arrived today. I have done my homework and read my necessary homework.

    Do you all recommend that I clean the filters?
    How soon can I do my first test?
    I plan to begin my SLAM process Saturday morning.

    I look forward to getting this green swamp I call a pool cleaned up this weekend.


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  10. Back To Top    #10
    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    33,884

    Re: First time poster green pool

    Sorry it took so long to get back with you. I wanted to make sure I had a couple of mins to take to give you a good answer.

    Yes, do clean your filter. That way you know the clean pressure. Make note of the setting on your gauge right after you clean the filter. Do the math to know what a 25% increase would be. That is when you will clean it again.

    Do your test asap so we can know what to tell you to do to get ready for the SLAM!

    Have you pick up quite a few jugs of bleach? I would start with at least 15 jugs. I hope you don't need all of it but....you will end up using it before you are through so.....

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

  11. Back To Top    #11

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    I did a CYA test last night, lighting wasn't great. But it was about 100. My question is after putting that in the pool calculator it said to drain 60% of the pool. How on Earth does ones know when their pool is 60% empty is beyond me. But why not just drain it all the way at that point?
    Would love to hear any thoughts.


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  12. Back To Top    #12

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    I do plan to do the full test tomorrow.


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  13. Back To Top    #13

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Schenectayd New York
    Posts
    1

    Re: First time poster green pool

    its a little more than halfway ,maybe an inch or two over the shallow end?

  14. Back To Top    #14
    Mod Squad YippeeSkippy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    'burbs of Augusta, Georgia
    Posts
    8,549

    Re: First time poster green pool

    The reason you don't see folks draining all the way is that in some areas ground water can push the pool up out of the earth and then the entire game is over

    You can easily drain it by half then refill, then drain it by half again and refill again. You should be sitting pretty then.

    I suspect your CH is pretty high too (it usually is in the west) so the drains will help bring that down too.

    Doing this will really help speed up your SLAM!!

    Yip
    Maddie :) 12K Fiberglass IG, Infinity 4000 automatic cover, SWCG, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward 1.5 Pump, Doheny Discovery Robot, Savi Melody LED pool lights, outdoor speakers and other assorted doo-dads. Sundance Altamar Hot Tub.
    Skippy's Pool Cooler --> Skippy's New Fountain Our Build --> Our Pool Solved Our Sloping Yard

  15. Back To Top    #15

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    Operation drain the swamp is underway! Is there any reason to test the PH or anything else? Is tested CYA was at 100 again. Figure the first reading with the new water is the most important. Planning to drain about 60% would it be beneficial to brush the pool as I drain?


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  16. Back To Top    #16

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    With a CYA reading of 100 and a green swamp, I am in the process of draining 60% of my pool as we speak per the pool math. Wish my luck, I'm going to need that and your help this weekend. By the way, approximately how much of the pool floor should I see when the pool is 60% empty?
    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  17. Back To Top    #17
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    40,848

    Re: First time poster green pool

    One way to is to try to estimate your average pool depth. Then measure down from the normal waterline 60% of that distance.
    A typical average might be 4 feet, so you would want to lower the water level ~2.5 feet.
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  18. Back To Top    #18
    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    33,884

    Re: First time poster green pool

    No reason to test anything since you are draining and refilling. You will test again when your pool is refilled to the middle of the skimmer and the pump has ran about an hour or so AND you have brushed to mix it all up good.

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

  19. Back To Top    #19

    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Tracy/ca.
    Posts
    44

    Re: First time poster green pool

    Another noob question. If the water is that low, can you use the water refill from the pump? Or should I be using a hose?


    14,300 gallon Pebble Fina, gunite pool. 15 x 30 Rectangular, 3 1/2 on Shallow 6 on deep
    Pentair Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter
    Pentair Sta-Rite IntelliPro 4 x160 Four Speed Variable Pump
    Pentair SunTouch Control System
    TF100 Test Kit with SpeedStir

  20. Back To Top    #20
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    40,848

    Re: First time poster green pool

    I am not sure what you mean by "water refill from the pump".

    I just drained my pool 100% over the weekend and refilled it with 3 hoses
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

Page 1 of 5 1234 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •