Help with my chloramine smelling swamp


Active member
Jul 19, 2017
Wilmington, NC
Hello everyone, it’s that time of year again.
Getting right to it, I’m starting with a dark green swamp, with lots of pollen in it. Scooped out leaves and other debris off the bottom. Added chlorine over the last two days. Really strong chloramine smell or so I assume it to be. I have read that break point may not apply. I read some of Chemgeek’s stuff on the subject but I’m not clear what to do here.
How I got here. Pool had a leak, bad repair people and bad advice. This resulted in leaving the pool uncovered all winter. It is about 1/2 to 2/3 full, as my fill water source is slow. Pump is finally running. The returns are above the waterline and splashing into the water like fountain. Is that a good thing right now?
FC 0.5
CC 1
Didn’t measure CYA cuz water is turbid already.
Very Light turquoise water
Should SLAM or do the breakpoint thing?


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TFP Expert
Apr 17, 2007
We need a full set of test results. The smell is the combined chlorine. To get rid of it you need more chlorine but how much? This is why we need test results from a reliable test kit.