We noticed a slight decrease in the return flow, hmmm need to clean some filters maybe? Noticed some lifting of the decking, Good ol' Texas ground shift? Then it happened! Dirt shooting from the return, what could it be...surely it isnt?...Oh God a broken pipe!!!
This is a 2nd hand pool so we have no builders plans, not to mention warranties by the way. We call the builder, they dont keep that sort of thing on file. Well it doesnt take much more than a bit of common sense and shovel to dig up the pipes and find the leak. We hoped it wasnt at the interface, up under the decking but it of course was. We started work but had no choice to but to leave it for a few days since there was no way out of a planned business trip. Anyway, here we are today with a very dirt filled pool, that has had the filters off for over week and of course being salt no chlorine generation occuring. We dumped bleach in daily, knowing it was doing little good with all of the organics in there.
Okay for the question...
We are currently refilling the pool, as we had to drain just under the returns. I am thinking we should work over the next few days getting the actual dirt from the pool. We have vac'ed the pool and cleaned filters twice today. Plan to do it once more and should be down to dealing with algae and other fun by tomorrow. At this point I am not sure if I should test, as I would be testing mud basically? Or just attack with Bleach for a few days; and of course add salt.
We have a long road ahead, with several filter cleans a day. Once I can get it to just a cess pool status and get the large particles out I will feel better.
Is it time to call in any store bought chemicals? I still have some of the things from my last issue that we never used, green to clean, maybe some shock.
I need a new test kit...so am ordering from here today!!
Also, I know there is never a point that a pool has to be completely emptied and refilled, just making sure we are still there
We have of course not filled in our holes yet, waiting to see how the new pipes function.
The kicker in all of this, we were forced to work in the rain...