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    Pool Disaster

    My first post. Live in Middle TN, just had the worst rain and flooding I have ever seen. Pool was already sparkling before rain. Unfortunately the monsoon downpour resulted in water sweeping over my lawn, over a wall, through the fence and into the pool, depositing silt and top soil and turning my oasis into a quagmire. Can't see the bottom in the shallow end. Where do I start? It's a chlorine pool (not yet doing the BBB). Have taken the polaris out since it is just churning up the muck at the bottom. My 1st idea is to vacuum to waste, super shock and then get the polaris back in. Am I missing anything here? It is all rather depressing after such an amazing start to the pool year.
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    Re: Pool Disaster

    Can you give us some details about your pool and filter?
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    Re: Pool Disaster

    30,000 gallon chlorine in ground, vinyl liner, Haywood sand filter, Vari-flow X valve, rated at 75GPM. And it's still raining, and looks terrible
    Backyard pool-less, but used to be.....
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    http://www.poolservicestech.com Liquidator
    http://www.poolcalculator.com/
    http://www.tftestkits.net TFT100 test kit

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    Re: Pool Disaster

    I'd agree. Might as well vac to waste since you've got water to get rid of anyway, and maybe more on the way. The Polaris will keep the remaining crud stirred up so the filter can get what the cleaner doesn't. Backwash when it needs it and run the pump 24/7.
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    Re: Pool Disaster

    In addition to what JohnT said, keep the FC level a little higher than usual until everything is cleaned up. As long as you stay on top of things, it won't be too bad.
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    Re: Pool Disaster

    I will get at it tomorrow. Forecast is for sun tomorrow, thank goodness. Keep you informed of how it goes. Right now it couldn't be any worse (in terms of pool state). Thanks for the advice,

    Andrew
    Backyard pool-less, but used to be.....
    16,100 gallon, 18x38 3.5 ft deep oval AG, Vinyl, Sand, 1hp pump
    http://www.poolservicestech.com Liquidator
    http://www.poolcalculator.com/
    http://www.tftestkits.net TFT100 test kit

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    Re: Pool Disaster

    Andrew,

    I'm in West TN and the sun did come out this afternoon. It was a really goreous sun. I was worried this morning when we STILL had sirens and rain. Hang in there.
    Above Ground 30ft x 4.5 ft deep, vinyl liner, hayward 1.5hp sand filter

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    Re: Pool Disaster

    Just got back from a 3 day business trip. Pool is crystal clear! YAY! Here is how I turned it round. Shocked with chlorine granules and held it at about 20+ FC for 5 days. Backwashed every 4 hours for the first 3 days, then once a day. Raised PH to 7.8 on day 4. Vacuumed to waste first and second day, couldn't see what I was doing.
    Day 5 added super floc out, ran filter for 4 hrs, then turned everthing off overnight. Vacuumed to waste in the morning. Topped up chlorine, went away for three days, left filter on 24hrs a day and polaris 280 3 hrs/day. Got home, vacuumed to wasted the final residue. Pool like a diamond I am soooooo pleased with myself :P Trust me, after the storm the pool was a disaster and I was heartbroken, but 10 days later.......splooooooosh
    Backyard pool-less, but used to be.....
    16,100 gallon, 18x38 3.5 ft deep oval AG, Vinyl, Sand, 1hp pump
    http://www.poolservicestech.com Liquidator
    http://www.poolcalculator.com/
    http://www.tftestkits.net TFT100 test kit

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    Re: Pool Disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by asjwalsh
    ...back from a business trip. Pool is crystal clear! YAY! Here is how I turned it round. Shocked with chlorine granules and held it at about 20+ FC for 5 days. Backwashed every 4 hours for the first 3 days, then once a day. Raised PH to 7.8 on day 4. Vacuumed to waste first and second day, couldn't see what I was doing.
    Day 5 added super floc out, ran filter for 4 hrs, then turned everthing off overnight. Vacuumed to waste in the morning. Topped up chlorine, went away for three days, left filter on 24hrs a day and polaris 280 3 hrs/day. Got home, vacuumed to wasted the final residue. Pool like a diamond I am soooooo pleased with myself :P Trust me, after the storm the pool was a disaster and I was heartbroken, but 10 days later.......splooooooosh
    OK, now then:
    What level CC do you have?
    How much FC do you loose in an overnight test?

    Just wondering, since we had a monsoon 3 years ago and a newly planted area washed right down a rock walkway, over stone steps, and right into the pool. It took me almost 2 weeks to get it clean again, and then I had to keep it at shock levels for another 2 days before the CC level dropped!

    It's sounding good, we just want to make sure!

    Terry in NC
    Triad Region of NC
    18x37 Vinyl IG (24,000 gal.), BBB & GoldLine AquaLogic PS4 SWG, Hayward 1 HP Superpump / Hayward Sand Filter / Polaris 280 cleaner / 6 deck jets / Sheer Descent Waterfall (in coping) / Brick Red Concrete Coping / Stamped Concrete Deck
    Lots of oak trees, maple trees, *and* leaves!

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    Re: Pool Disaster

    OK, now then:
    What level CC do you have?
    How much FC do you loose in an overnight test?

    All great questions but I am a pool muppet and use a very rudimentary testing kit. I am back on the road again, but when I get back on thursday I will get a proper kit and start watching the numbers. Sorry to be so vague

    It's still uber clear though
    Backyard pool-less, but used to be.....
    16,100 gallon, 18x38 3.5 ft deep oval AG, Vinyl, Sand, 1hp pump
    http://www.poolservicestech.com Liquidator
    http://www.poolcalculator.com/
    http://www.tftestkits.net TFT100 test kit

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