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    any ideas on what to do if motor oil has been poured into your pool
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    Re: motor oil

    Go to your local auto parts store and get some oil pigs or pads. They'll float on the surface and soak up oil but not water. I hope your pump wasn't running when it happened. Don't run it if it wasn't! You can use the pads to wipe the oil off the sides and equipment then use magic eraser to clean the remaining up.
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    Re: motor oil

    Quote Originally Posted by baylorbeargp
    any ideas on what to do if motor oil has been poured into your pool
    WOW! I just can't help asking: How did THAT happen?
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    Re: motor oil

    thank you for the advice the pool has a lot of algae build up as well does that make a difference?
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    Re: motor oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by baylorbeargp
    any ideas on what to do if motor oil has been poured into your pool
    WOW! I just can't help asking: How did THAT happen?
    it was vandalism
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    Re: motor oil

    Welcome to TFP!

    In addition to what others have already said, skim as much of it off the top of the water as possible. A cut up one gallon milk jug often makes a good skimmer. Get a couple of scum bugs for the skimmer(s) and keep them clean and raise the FC level up to the high end of the normal range.

    If the quantity is very large, several quarts or more, then you might want to try an enzyme treatment to speed up the breakdown of whatever remains after the other approaches get most of it.

    For the algae you are going to want to shock the pool. Clean up as much of the oil as you possibly can first, then start shocking. Shocking will also help to break down whatever remains after the preliminary cleanup.
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    Re: motor oil

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Welcome to TFP!

    In addition to what others have already said, skim as much of it off the top of the water as possible. A cut up one gallon milk jug often makes a good skimmer. Get a couple of scum bugs for the skimmer(s) and keep them clean and raise the FC level up to the high end of the normal range.

    If the quantity is very large, several quarts or more, then you might want to try an enzyme treatment to speed up the breakdown of whatever remains after the other approaches get most of it.

    For the algae you are going to want to shock the pool. Clean up as much of the oil as you possibly can first, then start shocking. Shocking will also help to break down whatever remains after the preliminary cleanup.
    thank you for the advice i am new to the pool thing and you guys have been a big help
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    Re: motor oil

    Quote Originally Posted by baylorbeargp
    Quote Originally Posted by Beez
    Quote Originally Posted by baylorbeargp
    any ideas on what to do if motor oil has been poured into your pool
    WOW! I just can't help asking: How did THAT happen?
    it was vandalism
    OH ****! Sorry I laughed. Don't mind me as I pull my foot out of my mouth...

    Sorry,
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    Re: motor oil

    Quote Originally Posted by baylorbeargp
    Quote Originally Posted by Beez
    Quote Originally Posted by baylorbeargp
    any ideas on what to do if motor oil has been poured into your pool
    WOW! I just can't help asking: How did THAT happen?
    it was vandalism
    That's horrible! I'm so sorry someone had to be a donkey! I hope you can get it cleaned and cleared up fast! Good Luck and keep us posted.
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    Re: motor oil

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Welcome to TFP!

    In addition to what others have already said, skim as much of it off the top of the water as possible. A cut up one gallon milk jug often makes a good skimmer. Get a couple of scum bugs for the skimmer(s) and keep them clean and raise the FC level up to the high end of the normal range.

    If the quantity is very large, several quarts or more, then you might want to try an enzyme treatment to speed up the breakdown of whatever remains after the other approaches get most of it.

    For the algae you are going to want to shock the pool. Clean up as much of the oil as you possibly can first, then start shocking. Shocking will also help to break down whatever remains after the preliminary cleanup.
    i was also curious about the pools pump...it was not on when the oil was poured in the pool and has not been turned on since at what point is it safe to turn the pump back on?
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    Re: motor oil

    It will be safe to run the pump as soon as you have it clean enough that there's no sheen on the water and the walls are clean.
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    Re: motor oil

    What Bama Rambler said, or as close to that as you can manage.
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    Re: motor oil

    the motor oil is gone...i followed the advice you guys gave me ended up using enzymes as well thanks for everyone's help
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    Re: motor oil

    OMG! What a horrible deed. I hope the vandals got caught and are being punished. Glad you got it cleaned up.
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