Seriously green and sludgey for months - Safe after cleaning?

Dolm

Member
May 4, 2019
6
Plano, TX
I had pump and electrical issues for quite some time, causing my pool to sit stagnant for most of winter. I've gotten everything repaired, and I'm starting SLAM. The algae got so bad, it's got a huge build up of sludge in the bottom. One 8-10ft scoop over the bottom with the net nearly fills the net 1/4 way with algae goop.

Assuming this is cleaned up and bright and pretty again, will this water be safe to swim in again? Or should I just drain and sanitize and start over? I'm not scared of the work to get it clean, my main concern is the safety afterwards.
 

Dolm

Member
May 4, 2019
6
Plano, TX
Sure it will be safe if you follow TFPC processes. It might be more economic to pump at least a portion of the sludge to waste if you have that type of equipment.
I'm filtering the suspended debris now so I can see the bottom to see just how bad it is, if it's thick I plan to go ahead and vacuum to waste. I have read the Pool School content in the past, and I absolutely love this site!
 

Richard320

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
23,030
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
If you know there's a layer of sludge, just get rid of it. Quit messing around. Vacuum to waste. Replacement water is cheaper than the bleach you'll need to oxidize that stuff, and the amount you'll use backwashing will likely end up the same.
 

Dolm

Member
May 4, 2019
6
Plano, TX
You're probably right. I am just running the pump enough to clear the water up so I can see the bottom, then I'll remove my grids and vacuum to waste.
 

Shruggs85

Active member
Apr 27, 2019
33
Morganville, NJ
This water is the same swamp water after SLAM'ing. There is nothing wrong with it now.
How long did that take to clear up? I have an inground that started around that same look, currently in day 14 of SLAM. Was really hoping for clear water this weekend, but looks like it may be another week, or month haha
 

Casey

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Apr 16, 2007
11,397
SW PA
I must be doing something wrong then. My water is still cloudy.

This was last night
You have a sand filter. I have a DE filter. I had to sit beside my filter and babysit it. I could not let it run for more that a half hour at best without shutting it off and tearing it down to clean it and then recharge it. I have never dealt with a sand filter. I love my DE but I hate it when clearing a swamp for thie very reason I mentioned above. It does a great job at removing particulates from the pool that it's almost a curse (well it is a curse in the event of a full blown SLAM). Sand filters can run longer and better when they are dirty and they take way longer at clearing a pool.

You are not doing anything wrong.
 

Dolm

Member
May 4, 2019
6
Plano, TX
DE here also. My swamp took a LOT of net scooping, backwashing , and 4 teardown and full cleanings of the grids to get to mostly clear (still silty spots to vacuum today). Also saw pressure double about 20 to 30 minutes after backwashing when the de gets gummed up with algae debris.