well, it's that time of year again.
This time, over winter not only did I shut it right off on purpose, we had the builders in and have had abit of a reno done.... whole new paving and fence all around, a new deck area etc etc.
Anyway, it of course went absolutely putrid again, not only that, the builders dropped probably 30kg of rubble and cement/crumbs into it as they replaced all the paving/coping. Can't blame them, impossible not to really.
Anyway, after going through it before, I've now mastered the art.
My salt chlorinator was already dead, so I'm running it as a plain chlorine pool now. I've got it all sorted, the builders finished just before xmas eve, about the 23rd I think, and we had a swim yesterday (just missed the hottest day, oh well).
My plan to kill the swamp monster is now refined and complete...
Nuke it with chlorine.
Nuke it again.
Nuke it once more. (I bought a 10kg granules tub, I've used maybe 7kg of it)
Wait a day.
Run the pump on skimmer box only, to clean the water right up DO NOT DISTURB THE FILTH/SLIME on the bottom yet.
Wait a day, or two.
Hire a slurry/submersible pump from kennards etc, pump out the algae slime to waste.
Top up pool if level goes too low.
When bulk of filth is gone, hook up pool vac and vac to waste the remainder (very frustrating with builder rubble blocking the pipe. For every 5 minutes of vac, I'd spend 15 minutes unblocking).
Do this for two days, leaving it 6-8 hours in bewteen to re-settle so you can see what you're doing through the cloudy but quite clean water.
Set ph and chlorine levels.
Wait a day to clarify water etc
I'm really chuffed. Took me only 10 days total, and maybe 8 hours of actual work to restore it from UNFATHOMABLE SWAMPY FILTH into crystal clear pool.
And the lack of salt to do the automatic chlorinating is superb. I don't like that clingy feeling you get from heavy calcium/salty water, which also stains the waterline tiles.
I AM going to get a new salt chlorinator, but I'm going to run it on low and top up by hand, so I can keep the salt levels right down.
People often think a chlorine pool makes your eyes sting, but this is nonsense, it's the ph level that does that.
I run chlorine on the upper levels of recommended, about 4 ppm, but I keep the ph on the low side, 7.2 ish, this makes the water really easy on the skin/eyes etc.
Now.... My pool is too big for your average kreepy crawly to clean, plus they use the pump inlet to run, so you can't skim at the same time, so now I'm looking into those robot cleaners that just need a power lead to do the bottom, once every other day or so, while the skimmer box runs and stops most of the leaves and stuff from ever getting to the botom in the first place...