At first it was great, had a small algae bloom and used 2 packs of the power powder from Leslie Pools and it worked. 3 weeks later, this was Friday of last week, it became green again. I took my water to Leslie to get tested and they said my chlorine was low. I added 2 packs and one of the clarifying packs (oxidizer I think) and Saturday it didnt make a dent. I got a 3rd packet and added it and Sunday it seemed worse so I took water to Leslie again and all of my numbers were in range. I started googling and found out I have not been backwashing and that I could have an algae problem because the sand in the filter could be bad. After a while I figured out how to backwash and proceeded to backwash but after about 2 mins the water started to come up from the ground so I stopped it. There is now a gaping hole at the end of my yard where a white tube is visible now. Perhaps the backwash line broke or something?
Fast forward to yesterday and I found this site. I found the SLAM method and decided to try that. I went to home depot and bought 2 gallons of sodium hypochlorite and added 128oz at night and turned on the pump. This AM I didnt see a difference but I forgot to put my pump on all day. Its a 2EZ Speed motor by US Motors.
I think tonight I will add more chlorine but I wanted to know if I should buy some algeacide to kill off the algae as well as up the chlorine?
Pool Pics: http://imgur.com/a/yMHre
So I need some help. I have included pictures of my equipment and pool for reference. Since it is possible my sand filter needs new sand I started looking around at companies to do this for me. Most run about $200 bucks for service and so I thought I could do it myself but I know nothing about my equipment.
- I understand the big black egg thing is the actual filter but I was hoping someone could tell me what model / make it is? I need to know so I can get the right sand and the correct amount.
- I dont know much about the white pipes, red levers, blue levers and pretty much everything else. I know what some of them do just by turning it and seeing something happen such as the water feature turns on and the aerator turns on. But there are at least 3 that do either nothing or something I cannot see.
In the last few pictures you can see where my backwash comes out. I thought this was supposed to run to the street or something but after 2 mins the water started flowing up from the ground in that hole. I only ran the backwash for about 10 mins but it created some substantial damage to this area and I have concerns about the underground damage. Is it normal for backwash to flow up from the ground like that? How do I know which port coming off of the side of the filter is for backwash because I dont see any other opening besides the top of the filter and a small outlet on the bottom for draining I assume.
Thanks in advance for all the help!!