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Cleaning an Above Ground Pool

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Above ground pools do not always have all of the filters that in-ground pools do, so they can get quite dirty. It is important to clean your pool properly so that you don't damage the liner. This is a guide about cleaning an above ground pool.
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June 23, 2006

To clean an above the ground swimming pool or blowup type, take a plastic broom ($1.00 at a discount store) and "sweep" the debris on the bottom toward the skimmer. Then unhook the hose from the skimmer and suck up the trash from the bottom with the hose. It is much quicker and effective way to clean your pool than the vacuum.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 23, 20061 found this helpful
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This is a great idea, I have an above ground pool and I will try this method this weekend! Thanks for the information !

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March 17, 20152 found this helpful

My husband drained our above ground swimming pool for the winter. Now I'm trying to clean it. There is like dry mud and I have been brushing the bottom and it is coming off, but taking forever. Yes I know now that he should not have done that. It is very bad. This is the first pool I have owned. Can anyone tell me if I can get it clean an easier way? I know nothing about pools or is my pool ruined? Please help.

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By Amanda

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April 13, 20160 found this helpful
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Never drain the pool unless you plan on taking it down. If you leave the water in over winter drain it half way and chemicalize it for the winter in the spring shock it and use algacide. If it is an index ultra pool gray in color I leave mine up all winter long. Easier to clean come spring.

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June 23, 20160 found this helpful
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I have an above as well. I drained mine one year and same issue as you, tree bud and all. I used hot water with dish soap. Use a pool brush meant for pools and shopvac out as you go. Takes a few hours. My pool is 18' round. Hope this helps. You only need to drain just below your shimmer each year.

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July 21, 20131 found this helpful

My husband saw this pool at the store and bought it. It is 26 feet x 52 inches. It is now green. All I have done to it is use the big chlorine tabs. I told him we need more, but now we need help. I don't want to call someone. I want to try to do it first. It holds approximately 14,810 gallons. The max.water depth is 45.5 inches. The filter system is a SFS2000. Pump type F2000C. It has a GPH flow of 2000. The min. run time is 7.41H. Please help me get my pool nice and clean again. Thank you. I really need direction on what to use and how much to use. Thank you again

By Isabel C. from Detroit, MI

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July 19, 20152 found this helpful
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Buy "Green to Blue" Algae remover at walmart and follow the directions on box. It will first kill it all and the second step will put all of the dead algae on the bottom of your pool. Unhook your hose that puts the water back into your pool and vacuum the algae out.

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June 30, 20130 found this helpful

The filter broke, it was 3 days before I installed a new sand filter. The pool water was a disgusting green, I could not see the 2nd step on the ladder. After running the new filter, and adding shock treatment, and running 2 cycles of boost on the Krystal Clear salt chlorinator, the water is cloudy, milky. How can I get it to clear up?

By Betsy

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May 26, 20150 found this helpful
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My water was so cloudy I couldn't see the bottom of my pool, I called a pool store the Lady told me to go buy 2 case of chlorine and pore 6 gallons in and save the other 2 for the next day, the next day I surely could see the bottom, you have to chlorinate the heck out of it, my pool is 28 round. Hope this helps it helped for me

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July 22, 20161 found this helpful
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I had the same problem after treating my water with a chemical to raise the PH. To fix this, My pool guy added about a quart of hydrocloric acid to my 24ft above ground pool, and within an hour, I could see the difference. I don't want to depend on the acid to clear cloudy water, so I now use Borax to raise the PH and the water stays clear, and it's cheaper.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 17, 2016

I just got a house that has an above ground pool that doesn't have a pump or anything. I have to still clean it out, but I don't want to clean it out if I have to have a pump to even get in the pool. Please help.

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July 7, 20160 found this helpful
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You have to have a pump, it will turn green in no time without one. Also you will need shock, clorine tabs, ph decreaser & increaser as well as testing supplies (strips are easier but cost more than drops). You have to clean the pump filter & replace it when needed. A vacuum helps.

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July 19, 20160 found this helpful
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Skimming the pool surface by hand every few days is one of the easiest and fastest way to maintain your pool especially during the fall season. Use a long handled net known as a leaf skimmer to remove leaves and bugs. Skimming increases the efficiency of the pools circulation and lowers the amount of chlorine you would need to add in your pool.

Always keep chemicals out of reach of children and pets and should be closed when not in use. You should use a separate cleaning measuring cup for each chemical to transfer or measure the chemicals. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling these chemicals and always use them in well ventilated areas.

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August 29, 2011

I cleaned my above ground pool 2 days ago. I refilled it and put a chlorine tablet in the dispenser. I also added a little algaecide now after filtering for 3 days I got in the pool and it felt like a greasy substance was on the bottom. Then I noticed where I stepped it turned black as did my feet and knees. I had to take a bath and use a brush and soap to remove it. What happened to the pool?

By daneed

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful
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You killed the algae but you have to vacuum it out of the bottom or put a particulate stuff that makes it rise to the top and filter it out. The particulate stuff I don't like but I use a vacuum that to the water hose and remove the dead algae.

You may think about using an algaecide that last for 3 months and put it in in 21/2 months. I live in south GA and that is what I do. I keep my pool with baking soda, 3month algaecide and chlorine 3inch tabs. It is above ground 12 foot x 4 foot.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 27, 2016

Does anybody know of a person that will come and check my pool for chemicals and cleaning that will be cheap? My pool is 18 by 48. I did put some things in it, but I'm not sure if it is good.

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful
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We have the same size aboveground pool 18 x 48 and we purchased the chemical tester from Kmart you can get it for starting at six dollars that test the pH in the pool and you can also buy your chlorine there as well

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July 22, 20130 found this helpful

There's some really dirty water in the pool because we haven't cleaned it in months, how do I take the water out? The lady who owned it said that there's a door somewhere to release the water, I can't find it.

By Sarah

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April 2, 20160 found this helpful
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Along the bottom of the pool. Usually close to the fliter area, there is a release vaulve. Kind of like where you can attach a hose to it to siphon the water out. Just look on the bottom edge of the pool

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July 28, 2015

I have an above ground pool, 12'x4' round. I've been unable to get rid of the cloudy white particles that keep settling on the bottom and middle of the pool. I've used many different chemicals and replaced the filter numerous times and nothing seems to work. Also, there seems to constantly be little flies at the bottom in the cloudy area. The flies are always the same kind, small with black and yellow striped bodies about the size of a small mosquito. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

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August 8, 20150 found this helpful
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Hi, you might want to just change the water & start fresh. Drain the pool and clean the liner with bleach and a pool liner cleaner. If your filters are a few years old replace them or use a filter cleaner on them. Re-fill the pool and keep it chlorinated and balanced. A lot of stores that sell pool supplies will do free water testing and let you know what to add & advise you. Consider getting a pool cover as well.

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August 8, 20130 found this helpful

My pool is really green and I would like to know what household cleaning supplies I can use to scrub it to get it clean.

By Denise B from Blakeslee, PA

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August 9, 20130 found this helpful
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The best thing to do is too go to a local store and buy a cheap algae eating pool solution called shock it's very cheap and it gets the job done and I would say if the pool gets green you need to clean the filter and make sure it doesn't get peed in :) Hope that helps.

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July 21, 20130 found this helpful

I put a chlorine pill in a 12 foot x 4 foot pool and it made a huge stain on the bottom side. Now I'm worried it will tear. How much should I have put? And will it tear?

By Alma from Corpus Christi, TX

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August 26, 20150 found this helpful
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Yes! It will eventually ruin your liner. We have an 18 foot above ground pool that my husband dropped a chlorine tab in and didn't remove for a couple days. It removed the blue coloring from the liner and the next year when we went to clean the liner, the discolored part disintegrated and the whole liner was ruined. It may survive for awhile but get ready to replace the liner. Use a floating chlorine tab dispenser if you don't have a skimmer basket that holds the tabs.

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May 3, 20130 found this helpful

I'm wondering how to successively clean my 16' by 32' above ground swimming pool? It's filled with algae and the water is completely green! Is there some simple way I can clean it without vacuuming it, as our vacuum for some reason isn't working?

By Gail B

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May 7, 20130 found this helpful
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I had the same problem and a very nice pool man gave me the answer. You need to put at least 6 gallons of pool shock. And one whole bottle of algae cleaner. Ask for the strongest one. It really works. Keep the pool running day and night for 2 days.

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June 29, 20120 found this helpful

My 17 x 48 foot above ground pool is still a lite green. What do I need to do next? What products are best and how much do I use?

By John

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July 22, 20130 found this helpful
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We use our chlorine tablets along with baking soda about 1/2 lb and phosphate remover about 2oz per 5000 gallons you can purchase this at home depot our pool stays crystal clear.

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dfrannino0 found this helpful
August 4, 2003

I have an inground pool with cloudy water. What can I use other than a commercial pool product that will work like a "Floc" and drop floating debri to the bottom of the pool so that it can be vacuumed?

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 6, 20040 found this helpful
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The best solution to keeping the pool clear is to test often and stay on top of the situation. The more you get out of whack, the more expensive and longer it takes to come back. The PH is the all powerful count to keep track of. If you can keep it at 7, then you should be problem free, but things change with a rainfall, or adding water to the pool. Shocking it is the only way to kill the algae, and only then will it sink to the bottom of the pool for vacuuming. You can get shock at Canadian Tire cheaper than at the pool place and then I found an even better price at the local garden store. Always shock at night and keep the kids out for 24 hours afterwards. The sun kills the shocking power. I was also told that foregoing buying those big containers of shock, you can religeously put 1 cup of Javex in the pool everyday instead, but then the next time I saw him, he was raving about getting a tank and buying shock in bulk at a really cheap price. The best plan is to take a water sample to the pool store and get them to run it thru the computer. This way, you'll know exactly what you have to do and knowing that can save you money in itself. We finally got a manta, sooooo glad! What a time and back saver! But the best advise that I can give you is to get your water sample into the pool store regularily to have a proper plan of action and stay on top of things. There are several reasons why water may be cloudy and sometimes you have to put in a teaspoon of muric acid when all else fails. Get some prof. advise on this one though, good luck!

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By 0 found this helpful
August 14, 2017

I just brought a house that has an aboveground pool that they didn't have a cover on. The water is black. What can I do to get it clean?. Please help.

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June 13, 2017

I have this cloud in the center of my pool that I can't get to settle to the bottom so I can vacuum it. I have used Shock and Flock It and use a clarifier also. Any help in solving this would be great.

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June 14, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure you are using a pool vacuum, as well as skimming. This article may help you: http://pooluniv  oudy-pool-water/

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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

You do not mention anything about your pool filter so maybe that could be a problem as a filter needs to be large enough to accommodate your pool size and should run several hours a day - every day. You can also use too much chemical and that can cause some problems like this.

Here are a couple more links that have different suggestions so maybe after reading some instructions you might come up with a way to remove the cloud.

https://www.swi  y-swimming-pool/

http://blog.poo  x?articleid=6213

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June 30, 2017

I have a 4x18' above ground pool with a pump and have been adding the store bought chlorine tabs, but the water is still green and murky. I know it's safe to add household bleach (safer than chlorine), but I'm not sure how much to add or how often. Also is it okay to use bleach alone or in addition to tabs? What should the ph test read? I read that you should use a pool conditioner (prevents UV rays from destroying chlorine, or else you should add chlorine every 2 hrs). Is that expensive and if so would it be okay to exclude it just for the weekend. I need quick overnight fix cuz we have family in for the 4th (kids wanna swim asap!) Help plz.

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June 30, 20170 found this helpful

The Ph should be 7.2 or below. If not, use muriatric acid to lower it. Then you can clean the pool with granular chlorine.

This is a good article to refer to

https://dengard  m-green-to-clean

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful

I have an Intex pool holding 3700 gallons. All the green algae collects on the bottom in clumps when I treat it. Then, I cannot get it up without it spreading into the water again. The pool came with one of those hose attachment vacs. What can I do to finally get all the junk off the bottom? I have tried everything, shocking it, etc., including letting the filter run continuously.

By suze-e from Lake City, FL

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Cleaning an Above Ground Pool

I had the same problem. Get one of those pool vacuums that attaches to your garden hose. The bag that comes with it has too loose a weave to catch the small particles so you'll need to make one yourself out of different material. I cut up a filter cartridge to make my own bag and discovered it was very similar to interfacing fabric (used when sewing collars, etc.) and ended up using that instead. Making the bag is easy, use the one that came with it as your example. I actually made mine much bigger and it seemed to work better. When vacuuming, don't have the hose on full pressure and go very slowly. It's the only thing that got my Intex clean (it went from gross to gorgeous). Couldn't have survived without it. Good luck. (06/23/2009)

By brenz64

Cleaning an Above Ground Pool

I found a great solution for my algae clean up problem. It's simple and easy to have an above ground pool clean and clear in hours. I had an algae bloom while I was away for a weekend and my guard was down. I came home and the pool looked terrible. I shocked, used an algaecide, and vacuumed.

The trouble was that the sand filter would not pull the fine particles and it was just going back into the water to cloud it up and settle again. I vacuumed for two days and back washed, but it still came through the filter and back into the pool. This is what I did and then kicked myself for not thinking of it before.

First make sure your chlorine is at the proper levels as well as the PH. If you have had an algae problem and have shocked the pool an also been using an algaecide, but can't seem to get rid of the fine particles that settle to the bottom, this will work for you. If you have followed directions the algae should be dead. This is assuming that you have a vacuum hose that attaches to your skimmer or filter system for cleaning the bottom of your pool. If you do this works great.

Go to Lowes, Home Depot, or any place where you can pick up a cheap spa filter. The one I have is eight inches long and about 4 inches wide with a threaded bottom and closed or sealed top. It's designed to screw into a spa filter housing. It has a regular corrugated paper filter around it.

I then vacuumed the pool again and scrubbed the bottom as best I could since I could hardly see it as the water clouded. Then for good measure I added to the pool a clarifier, in my case I use 1 ounce for 6,000 gallons. My pool is 5,600 gallons.

After I was done stirring it up and getting it lose from the bottom I took the spa filter and attached it to my vacuum hose (pump off at that point) with some electrical tape to hold it in place. I intend on making a better fitting later, but I was desperate to give it a try and the tape was just to hold it in place.

Then I sunk the filter to the bottom and tried to get it in the center as best I could. Then turned on the pump as if I was going to vacuum and let the filter do it's job. I also pointed my return to the side and slightly downward to allow the water to circulate around the pool in a circle. With the filter in the middle it acts like a center drain and helps draw everything towards it. After the first few minutes the filter was green.

After one hour it was dark green and the pool was noticeably cleaner. I then shut off the pump and carefully lifted the filter to the surface and while still submerged used a bucket to slip the filter in and pull it out of the pool so as not to lose anything I had collected. After hosing it clean I did it again for two hours. By then the pool had become clear and looked great. I also used my brush while it was gathering to keep the bottom clear of the settling particles and brushed toward the filter every once in a while.

Finally I left the filter on over night for good measure and in the morning removed it. My pool was spotless. I'm getting in now. So a cheap filter on the end of a vacuum hose did the trick in just a few hours. I hope this helps. (07/15/2009)

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June 23, 20090 found this helpful

I have an above ground pool that has a terrible brownish ring/stain just about the water line. I've tried scrubbing it and using pool recommended cleaners, which haven't worked. Monsoon storms left a fine layer of dirt on the bottom that the vacuum is not picking up. It's a mess! Any ideas?

LeAnne

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Cleaning An Above Ground Pool

I don't know if it is recommended by the pool companies but I used Clorox clean up spray on mine and it came out really nice. My pool is about 16 years old and I'm only on second liner. Friends tell me that is really good.
(07/22/2005)

By Carol

Cleaning An Above Ground Pool

My mother in law had the same problem. Use Soft Scrub with bleach and scrub, this works well. (07/23/2005)

By brandi

Cleaning An Above Ground Pool

Your stain is probably iron, but there is a chance it could also be bacterial. There are many products for pools, but an above ground pool has its own parameters. I suggest you contact the company that installed your pool and ask them. Most likely, they have products that they will be happy to sell you that will not harm the liner. Good luck. : )
(07/24/2005)

By Guest

Cleaning An Above Ground Pool

Try baking soda, that worked for a friend of mine. (07/25/2005)

By TC in MO

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