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Old 06-12-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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I opened my inground pool this past weekend it is very green but worst of all it smells like a swamp. My question is does anybody know what to do in a case like this? I am at my wits end and am really worried the neighbors will start to complain.

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[quote=EEJAY;942215]I opened my inground pool this past weekend it is very green but worst of all it smells like a swamp. My question is does anybody know what to do in a case like this? I am at my wits end and am really worried the neighbors will start to complain.

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Add water to above the skim line
Super shock until the water clears up enough that you can at least see the bottom. At this point, I would also add enough algicide to kill whats growing

Here's the key:

Don't vacuum to filter for this round. Vaccum all the sediment directly to waste. Don't worry if the water level gets below the skim line, as long as you don't break the prime, keep vacuuming until all the flock on the bottom has been suctioned out.

Re fill the water
Before turning the filter back on, backwash to make sure all the debris has been rinsed out.

Repeat as many times as needed
Others will tell you to get the water tested...probably a good idea, although I never bother. Just keep a good maintenance routine. Shock at least once a week. Have a puck in the basket at all times. They melt quickly in warmer weather. Run the filter daily, regardless of use or not.

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Sounds like the pump is not running, and the filter needs to be looked at. Now, the big question will be, will this poster return, or be a one hit wonder.
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Sounds like the pump is not running, and the filter needs to be looked at. Now, the big question will be, will this poster return, or be a one hit wonder.
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I'm not very knowledgeable about pools, but do you think it could just be that way because it's the first time you've dealt with it all year? Try troublefreepool.com. I did a search and they seem to be pretty good.
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I would say just "flock" it.

My in ground is green like that every year for the past 20 when I open it up. Toss in a gallon or so of liquid chlorine, and wait a day of so. It will be a more palatable green, but everything will be dead. Then go buy some pool flock, make sure your pump is on, and toss in down the skimmer. You will see a white cloud coming out of your returns, and as soon as the cloud gets near the skimmer, shut the pump off. You don't want the flock to go back through the filter. Leave the pump off for at least 24 hours, and the flock will settle on the bottom, taking all of the cloudiness with it. Put your filter on waste and gently vacuum the flock and debris off the bottom. Your pool should now sparkling or be reasonably clean. You may need to flock it once more. Then after about a week of filtering your pool should be crystal clear.
NOTE: the flock will drop your pH severely, so also buy some pH up stuff.
Good luck.

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You just pretty much described what I said.

Basically, flock is used to clump the dead stuff together, but it can be very difficult to remove.

Try lots of chlorine first and then vacuum to waste. You don't want that stuff trapped in the filter. See if you can get the water crystal clear that way first.
Don't forget to backwash the filter
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YEs I did, but you forgot to tell him to go buy the flock,
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Ok you can have the last word
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Ok you can have the last word
I was just kidding ya. Lovely day in Ontario isn't it. Cool and sunny.
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Why yes it is thank-you. A little chilly for my liking, but as you say bright and sunny
Much to cold for an outdoor swim regardless of how the pool has been sanitized don't you think?
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Mine is 74, with only a solar blanket. Too cold for me, but the neighbour's kids have been in twice.
Enjoy your evening.
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I haven't checked today but yesterday was 82. We have a solar heater though. Still too cold for me I can only handle that kind of cold if I go straight to a fast lane

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