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    Hurricane - Still no power

    I'm in Houston and it has been a week without power since Ike. I shocked the pool before the storm and a couple of times since and the chlorine level is at 4. The ph is OK but is low in the spa. I have been brushing the sides daily and see no signs of algae. Does anyone have suggestions about anything else I can be doing? Many thanks.
    Swimmin' Sharon

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    Re: Hurricane - Still no power

    Keep doing what you're doing If you can get some circulation going while adding the bleach, etc. that would be great Brushing will work for circulation until the 'lights come back on'

    You're doing the right thing and all should be good (after a good vacuuming ) when the power comes back on!

    I hope things get back to ~normal soon
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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    Re: Hurricane - Still no power

    We got power back on Tuesday from Ike. I got one of these to keep the pool clean till the power came on. Did a great job. As long as you have a water hose working. Good luck. Ike sucks.
    http://www.nationaldiscountpoolsupplies ... opova.html

    They have these at most pool supply stores. I bought mine at Pool Warehouse on 290.
    25,000 gallon freeform inground gunite pool with 12" raised spa. 3.5'- 6.4' deep.
    2 skimmers, 6 returns and bubbler on sunshelf.
    Jandy 1.5 hp pump, Jandy valves, Jandy CL340 cart filter, Jandy Aquapure 1400 SWG, Polaris 280 w booster, Jandy LXI 4000 heater.
    White plaster, flagstone coping, custom tan tiles with decos on raised spa.
    Pentair lights.
    650 sq ft concrete deck.

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    Re: Hurricane - Still no power

    I have a huge sense of accomplishment tonight. After Ike, we were without power for 9 days...we just got our service restored late yesterday afternoon. I hauled three good sized limbs and several trash bags of crud out of the pool over the course of the week+ that it was out of commission. I was possessed by not letting the gunk sit any longer than it had to. I also kept adding enough bleach to keep the chlorine around 5. I'm pleased to say that 24 hours after we got electricity back, we were able to turn the pump off! My Ph and alk are both a little on the low side, but I can get those back up. The water is clear and there's not a speck of algae to be found!
    Cliff


    16x26 AGP
    Jacuzzi DE Filter
    1HP 2-SP Hayward

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    Re: Hurricane - Still no power

    Hang in there. The power will come back and it sounds like you're doing good.
    We got our power back last Wednesday. BUT... The pool pump quit 2 days before Ike came in and I was wayyy too busy to do anything about it. Likewise for a day or two after. I wasn't able to brush mine in that time period so now I'm looking at a nice, green, frog pond.

    Here's a thought (don't know if it's worth anything). If you have a generator, could you use a wet/dry shop vac as an ersatz pump??? you would have to weight the one end, maybe use some hose extensions to rig it deeper in the pool for water rotation.

    I thought of that while our power was out. But for numerous reasons, I was unable to put it to the test and the pump turned out to just have a piece of debris caught in the impeller causing enough drag to trip the breaker.

    I'm still new at all this treatment system, haven't had a long enough period of normal conditions/weather to figure it out yet. So I'm off to find some topics about green pools.
    ETexas 24,000 Vinyl lined IG cartridge filter:(

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    Re: Hurricane - Still no power

    I got power back yesterday after 9 days. I bought a hose-powered cleaner over the weekend and it worked great to pick up the debris that I couldn't fish out with my net. The shock treatments worked real well and after about 15 hours of filtration the pool is clear, no sign of algae and the chlorine level is about 5. I'll take a full reading tonight but all of your advice really helped. Thanks a lot!
    Swimmin' Sharon

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    Re: Hurricane - Still no power

    Quote Originally Posted by tmike
    I got power back yesterday after 9 days. I bought a hose-powered cleaner over the weekend and it worked great to pick up the debris that I couldn't fish out with my net. The shock treatments worked real well and after about 15 hours of filtration the pool is clear, no sign of algae and the chlorine level is about 5. I'll take a full reading tonight but all of your advice really helped. Thanks a lot!
    The hose powered cleaner is a great idea to pick up dirt AND help circulate the water. I hadn't thought of that, but you can bet I'll buy one before the next hurricane pays us a visit!
    Cliff


    16x26 AGP
    Jacuzzi DE Filter
    1HP 2-SP Hayward

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    Re: Hurricane - Still no power

    Quote Originally Posted by tmike
    I got power back yesterday after 9 days. I bought a hose-powered cleaner over the weekend and it worked great to pick up the debris that I couldn't fish out with my net. The shock treatments worked real well and after about 15 hours of filtration the pool is clear, no sign of algae and the chlorine level is about 5. I'll take a full reading tonight but all of your advice really helped. Thanks a lot!
    CONGRATULATIONS

    Glad you and the pool survived with no permanent damage
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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