Iron/ Rust in pool. Can’t get it out.

Stains on the pool surfaces, pool equipment
or on the swimmers, or off-color swimming pool
water. Discolored but clear pool water.
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Iron/ Rust in pool. Can’t get it out.

Postby Devonstafford » Sun 09 Jun, 2019 18:56

I have an Intex style above ground pool. 18 ft round and 48inches tall, holds 6600 gallons. The water we have is full of iron. The water is a yellowish brown and then rust sediment falls to the bottom of the pool. How can I get this out?! I’m at my wits end. We have tried everything.
We tried the bucket trick.. created a filter using polyfil and a 5 gallon bucket. It does help some but not very much. We attached a sock to the output and had that collect rust. Again, helps but still doesn’t solve much. (Continued this process for nearly 3 weeks) Then after that failed, we tried flocculent to cause it all to settle out to the bottom. After that we attempted to vacuum it out. But you can see the rust particles being spit back into the pool by the vacuum. Then, my levels got so out of range and my pool turned such an odd color we drained, cleaned it meticulously and refilled. Same problem. Yellow water and rust sediment at the bottom. We don’t have an option for another water source and the nearest pool store is almost 2 hrs away
Anyone have any suggestions on what I should do?! We just began refilling the pool so there are no chemicals in it so far but lots of rust.
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Re: Iron/ Rust in pool. Can’t get it out.

Postby Teapot » Sun 09 Jun, 2019 23:51

I think I would move!
You'll have to filter the water, is there a mobile reverse osmosis service in your area? If others have same issues there should be.
If not you'll have to set up a filter on the supply. This is technical so not sure if you would be interested or not.
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Re: Iron/ Rust in pool. Can’t get it out.

Postby Devonstafford » Mon 10 Jun, 2019 01:25

We live in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town is about 40 miles from us and even then it’s only about 1500 ppl. So we don’t have a lot of options.
I should add this is with the water being filtered through a hose attachment made to filter out things like this.
What’s crazy to me is this is our drinking water! We brought a sample up to our water supplier and the Mayor over the “town” we live in. Both said it was acceptable for drinking water, yet refused to drink it when we asked them to prove it then.
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Re: Iron/ Rust in pool. Can’t get it out.

Postby Teapot » Mon 10 Jun, 2019 01:55

Clearly the mayor is a ....
If that was my tap water I would have my own filtration system.
My suggestion is you get a large sand filter, fill it with Dr Dryden's Activate glass media, this is good at iron removal provided you follow some rules.
The flow rate must be correct for the removal of iron (not what is stated for swimming pool filtration) and just as the water is entering the filter add chlorine, that helps the filter collect the iron. You'll need to backwash the filter frequently with that amount of iron in it. That's actually the worst I have seen!
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Re: Iron/ Rust in pool. Can’t get it out.

Postby markayash » Wed 12 Jun, 2019 19:40

Teapot wrote:Clearly the mayor is a ....
If that was my tap water I would have my own filtration system.
My suggestion is you get a large sand filter, fill it with Dr Dryden's Activate glass media, this is good at iron removal provided you follow some rules.
The flow rate must be correct for the removal of iron (not what is stated for swimming pool filtration) and just as the water is entering the filter add chlorine, that helps the filter collect the iron. You'll need to backwash the filter frequently with that amount of iron in it. That's actually the worst I have seen!



I had rust stains but nothing that bad..The folks at Jacks magic told me to add Jacks purple stuff and jacks filter fiber to my cartridge filter. First time I used the recommended amount and after 48 hours it captured a lot..2nd time I used 1/3 and let it run for a month and the filters were brown but rinsed off
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Re: Iron/ Rust in pool. Can’t get it out.

Postby Teapot » Thu 13 Jun, 2019 02:37

Always remember Jack's magic is just a sequestrant! Magic is always just an illusion!!
Your chlorine will now be trying to burn out the sequestrant so you use more chlorine and then have to buy more sequestrant. In short the pool store has a hotline to your wallet.
Yes the Polly fibre balls will remove some iron but you'll need to buy a few bags and best to slow down the filtration rate.
Dryden's Activate is fantastic filter media even if you haven't got iron in the water. You only need to buy it once! It's good for the life of your pool.

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