Cleaning An Aboveground Pool

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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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

You need to have the water circulating 24/7. You will then need to clean out the look. You will need to put in chemicals and chlorine to reach a certain PH.

From inyop pools:
First, shock your pool and keep your water circulating 24 hours a day if possible. You are looking to achieve 10 ppm of chlorine. After shocking, you will need to brush and vacuum the entire pool. Follow up with an algaecide designed for your particular algae problem (most common are black, green and mustard algae).

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

This is basically a 17 step process and will take time.
One: Skim the top of the pool using the skimmer to remove all large debris. This prevents the filter from clogging. Also skim the bottom of the pool and remove all the debris you can reach.


Two: Use your garden hose to clean your pool filter canister. You will need to really clean the filter and saturate it with water.
Three: Install your filter back in the canister of your pump. Make sure it is installed correctly and the canister lid is tightly sealed. Verify the pump one last time before turning it on.
Four: Attach a long handle pool brush and garden hose to your pool filter. Submerge the brush in the water to fill the hose. Remove all air from the hose. Start cleaning the bottom of the pool in sections by scrubbing the pool with the brush. Some of the stains could be permanent and you can't remove them.
Five: When your pool filer is full you will need to clean it. You can tell when the filer is full because dirty water will start shooting back into your pool. Clean the filter like you did in step one.
Six: Put the filter back into the pump and continue cleaning the bottom of the pool. Repeat this process of cleaning the filter and the bottom of the pool until you have swept the entire bottom of your pool.

Seven: Now measure double the amount of algae guard, water clarifier, and pool shock that is required for your pool. You will need to read the package to see what the recommended dose for your pool is. Then double this dose.
Eight: Now sprinkle the shock powder around the edges of your pool. Be careful to not dump large amounts of shock powder in one place. If this happens, use your brush to mix the power around in the water that is sitting on the bottom of the pool.
Nine: Add your water clarifier around the edge of your pool. After adding the clarifier, stir the water with your brush. You have to mix the clarifier with the water in the pool.
Ten: Add the algae guard around the edge of your pool. Afterwards, monitor the pool's water for 15 minutes to make sure none of the chemicals are sitting on the bottom of the pool. If you see chemicals on the bottom of the pool, use your pool brush to mix them in the water.

Eleven: You will need to cover your pool with a pool blanket. If you dont have one it is necessary to buy one. After covering the pool allow your filter to run overnight. Keep the filters running on the pool.
Twelve: In the morning, remove the pool cover and test the water. Use the chemical test strips to test your water. Dip the strip into the water. Don't shake off the water, but leave it on the test strip. Now compare the test strip to the back of your package.
Thirteen: Add more chemical to the water if needed. If the pool hasn't responded to the chemical you added yesterday, then today add double the amount of chemical again to the water.
Fourteen: For the next few days you will need to repeat steps 8 and 5. You will start cleaning the pool (step 4 and 5), afterwards finish the cleaning process with step 8.
Fifteen: Repeat the daily cleaning of your pool until the water is clean. As long as the water in the pool is dirty you can't use your pool.

Sixteen: When you think the pool is clean you will need to test the chemical levels. Each day you will need to clean your pool.
Seventeen: Now it is time to fill your Chlorine dispenser. Keep the dispenser full during the hot season. The dispenser will slowly distribute the chlorine into the pool's water.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

I believe the first question should be - what pool equipment do you have? Working pump? Filter? Skimmer? Vacuum? You will need all of these or there is no reason to clean the pool until you have them. Might as well make a list of chemicals to purchase also.

There is so much advice on the Internet about cleaning and maintaining a pool and many of them do not agree on the best method. Some say (if it is this bad) to drain the pool and start from scratch while others say to never drain the pool. I believe that is a decision you will have to make when you are standing in front of that black pool.


This type of question is asked a lot on ThriftyFun so get comfortable and read what others have recommended. There is also a link to a good cleaning method so read all and take your pick. Be sure to check the link to the maintenance schedule just in case you decide you had rather have a large flower bed.

Here is a link to daily, weekly, monthly maintenance schedule.

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If it is real bad, you may find it less expensive to hire a pool company. The price of the chemicals add up quickly. I have been in your shoes, and it took half the time and money to have a company do it.

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