Vacuuming sludge from pool bottom

Jordy Verrill

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May 24, 2016
41
Cincinnati, Oh
#1
I just opened my pool, and there is sludge from dead leafs on the bottom of the pool because I did a bad thing and closed last year with leafs in the pool. The leafs have disintegrated into a sludge that, when I vacuum, clogs up the basket filter in my pump to the point that the pump stops being able to properly pump water. It only takes about a minute of vacuuming before this happens. I am vacuuming to waste to keep the sludge out of my filter, but can I remove the pump's basket filter and just let all that sludge go through all the pipes and into the storm sewer? Or will that potentially screw anything up in my piping?
 

triptyx

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Apr 12, 2016
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Tucson, AZ
#2
Personally, I'd be worried about the pump's impeller if it's solid enough to clog the pump basket.

If it were me, my first step would be to use a flat leaf rake (net) to scoop out as much of the yuck as I could.
 

Jordy Verrill

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May 24, 2016
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Cincinnati, Oh
#3
Personally, I'd be worried about the pump's impeller if it's solid enough to clog the pump basket.

If it were me, my first step would be to use a flat leaf rake (net) to scoop out as much of the yuck as I could.
The leaf rake is probably what I will end up doing. It's just tough because I can't even see the bottom of the pool yet, although the water is starting to clear up even with the gunk on the bottom.
 

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Don't send the leaves and junk through your pump. Get as much out as you can with a VERY GOOD leaf rake and then turn on the pump with filter in place.

At that point I would start the SLAM procedure and your pool will become your pride and joy once again!!!

EDIT: Your filter is a little small for that size pool so you will have to backwash pretty frequently at first.
 

Jordy Verrill

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May 24, 2016
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Cincinnati, Oh
#5
Yeah I guess I didn't really think about that stuff going through the pump and impeller, I was just thinking of clogging pipes. So leaf rake it is. My leaf rake is pretty decent, so I will see how it goes today. It's just hard to tell how much progress I'm doing because I can barely see the bottom of the pool.

Yeah I know my filter is on the small size for my pool... the home's previous owners are the ones who had it put in. It did a good job when the water was in swimming shape over the summer last year, but yeah I know I will be backwashing a lot while cleaning this mess. I had the same mess to deal with last spring, except I knew what I was doing even less then than I do now.