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

I have put liquid algaecide in the pool previously but now it is really gross - do I have to drain the whole pool or could I add some solution to it drain part of pool remove as much green as possible with vaccum.
I have a 16 x 48 pool - using well water and have the Krystal Klear Salt Water System
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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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