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The pump on my system stopped working for a few days and now the water is really green. Would the pump clear the water back up when its running again or do I need to add something to the water to help it. And if so, how long would it take to get the water clear again approximately.

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Get the pump going and add 3 jugs of liquid chorline and let the pump run overnight. The next day clean the filter and add 2 more jugs. This will get you into shape until you can test the water and get exact needs from your local pool supply store.

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Three ways for you to go ... dump the water and refill. Get a sequestering agent to remove the metal ... follow package instructions.

... let the CL go to zero (make it go to zero) and then apply the sequestering agent ...

... do nothing ... the metal will eventually get filtered out.

I suggest you run your filter 24/7 until this problem is cleared out.

If this is a gunnite pool, you should be concerned with metal staining. Get your water balanced which means you should head for these goals ... in this order. CAL = 250 - 300; ALK = 80 to 120 (100 is good); METAL = ZERO; pH = 7.2 to 7.8 (7.4); cyanuric acid for outside pool) = 60 to 80. Don't expect to achieve thiese goals in a few hours. This will take a few days to achieve.

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We have green algae in the pool do I have to drain whole pool ?


Diane,
you are in a mess
The intex pumps are not big enough to clean any size pool
Your best bet is to invest in a sand filter and pump what I will explain next works for either the sand or the intex only difference is it wont happen again with the sand

Here are some basics you- need to turn a pool over 3-4 times in a day every day so using generic numbers since i do not know your gallons if you have a 5000gl pool and a 2000gl pump thats 7 hours of filtering remember that is bare minimum
It is also very crucil to keep your salt at 3000ppm any lower and you do not produce enough chlorine any hiher than 3800 and you can go cloudy no lower than 2800

You also should be using 2 extra chemicals once a week
non foaming algaecide per directions for your pool gallons
and water clarifier if you keep the filter cartridge system
this takes minute particals and make them stick together thus making them bigger and easier for the filter to trap otherwise you have a lot of little particles that get through the paper filter

you should also have 2 cartridges one working while the other is drying
A dry filter to start with works better than rinsing yours and putting it right back in

I also run my filter 24/7 if I am not generating I am filtering

Chlorine consumption happens for many reasons sun heat rain sun tan oil # of swimmers and so on so it is a good idea to use a stabilizer to help hold the chlorine this is only a tool to help you will need to figure out with the situations I discribed how long to generate sometimes its 4-6 hours sometimes 12 just depends on how much chlorine you started the day with and what elements were present


Now to the labor and time intensive task at hand

Clean your cartridge now shock the pool with 2 gallons of liquid chlorine
2 gallons of bleach is also fine for this application
Run your filter for 12 hours and then clean the filter now turn it back on and brush your pool walls and bottom
not the brush that is probably under your vacuum head but a real pool brush you must use a lot of elbow grease
let settle for a few hours and vacuum
clean out the filter and continue this method till it clears up
After the first vacuuming you can add the non foaming algaecide I mentioned and once close to clear start with the clarifier

once you are back on track you should get the second filter and change them out every night

I have used this method for this being my 4th season and have never had any thing other than clear water

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I purchased an intex saltwater system, hooked it up, been running for 3 days now, and it has turned my pool water GREEN!!!!!!


It, did not turn your pool green. The pool was ready to turn green before you installed the intex system.
before having the system did you regularly use stabilizer? non foaming algecide? How long do you filter? There are so many variables. I will try to make it as easy as possible

We will address the salt system last right now you need to get your pool back to normal
Start by shocking it with 1-2 gallons of liquid chlorine let filter run during this time to stir it up
after 12 hours you need to brush the sides and bottom and then let settle
Now vaccum and then clean your cartridge with a strong blast from the garden hose
Start filtering again and at this point add the non foaming algaecide
the next day brush again and let settle vaccum again clean the filter again and continue this until the pool is clear

once it is clear you will want to use the algaecide once every 5-7 days.

Now a little fyi
Intex filters can not support the gl ph that is needed to keep a pool clean and crystal clear. All of there pumps are under rated for the gallon of pool that is sold with it

A pool needs to be turned over at LEAST 3 times in a 12 hour period
I will use generic #'s
If you have a 5000 gl pool and a 2500 gallon pump that is 6 hours minimum filtering time you do the math for your pool

You should also run the pump continuous. It is the only way to really filter efficiently with an intex pump


now for your generator
Although a good concept it is really a waste of money.
All the salt system does for you is to make it so you do not need to add liquid chlorine or tablets but you still need to add chemicals as mentioned above

get a test kit for salt water the ones that read #'s not color
get the salt to 3000ppm no lower than 2700 or you will not be able to produce enough sanitizer and any more than 3800 and the water tastes terrible and will usually trigger an alarm for high salt
once your pool is clear shoot for this

now to maintain it

Although you may be told otherwise this is what has worked for me for this being the 4th season with no green ever

I filter 24/7 with generating chlorine any where from 4-12 hours depending on the day.
chlorine consumption is created by many factors # of bathers heat sun rain people sneaking in with sun tan oil and so on you will need to figure out what is best for your situation
Dont forget to get a good stabilizer to help with holding the amount of chlorine in the pool usually about a pound per 5000 gl
as mentioned I also use the non foaming algaecide just follow the directions for your gl pool
I also use a water clarifyer that turns minute particles into larger particals that the filter can actually catch
and even though the filter may not look dirty clean it every day.
I use 2 one in the unit and one drying
Spray it out hard and let it dry overnight

Dont ask me why or how but a filter that is dry from the start filters better than a wet one put back in right away

Had you been doing all of this since you opened the pool the addition of the salt system would have worked fine

Good luck

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Chlorine generators raise your pH over time. You will always have to monitor and, on occassion, adjust your pH down using acid. Your water being out of balance likely lead to the green water condition.

Check your alkalinity first and adjust it if needed. Once it is stable, adjust pH using acid, then get your pool shocked to kill off the algae. You made need an algacide too but save that for last and only if required.

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filters are too good for pump system.

These pool pumps seam to over heat fast, no quick fix.

* Try getting more air flow around pump.
* Only use pump when using pool or near by.
* Use a pool cover - will help stop dirt/rubbish getting into pool - less to filter.

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