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Black water, vegetation, and leak.

Posted by Mochi79 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 21, 13 at 17:42

Hi Everyone,
I know nothing about pools and recently bought a home with an in ground pool. The pool hasn’t been open in years; the water is black and I think there’s vegetation growing out of it. I wanted to test the equipment but the water won’t reach the skimmer. I filled it, but the water kept falling to about six inches below the skimmer. Now I’m collecting estimates from professionals, but the estimates are all across the board. Some companies are recommending test that others are not. Some companies are saying that the pool needs to be completely drained and acid washed, others are saying chemically treating the water would work. I have no idea what the best course of action is. I’m on a limited budget and am afraid of being taken advantage of. Thanks for any knowledge you can share.

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RE: Black water, vegetation, and leak.

Drain and clean is your best bet. You really need your equipment running to chemically clear the pool. You need to address the leak before refill or you will waste your water. A pressure test can be done with the pool empty. They pressure test during construction, before water is in the pool. If your leak is structural, there are other ways to find the leak.
First, I would clean that mess up, for health purposes. Good luck.

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