I'm a brand new pool owner and way over my head with pool maintenance. Bought the house knowing the pool sat green for a number of years and was AS IS at time of sale. I turned to Leslies and got the pool clear but not maintaining chlorine levels. Started searching online and ended up here. My testing kit is from Leslie's but has Taylor instructions. I'm not sure whether it's a K2006.
Levels today are
FC- over 10
The high CYA I'm sure is from all the Pool Shock and running tablets in the attempt to stabilize chlorine levels or at least keep them within 2-4ppm zone. I was told the CYA didn't matter and to use powders and tabs. I took the tabs out and started using clorox bleach.
The PH was 7.8 3 days ago and I'm not sure why that has shot up but we've had a lot of rain, kids splashing around and the high TA. Testing today PH was in the HOT PinK range which may be above 8.2
Not sure why the TA is so high.
I also have what I believe is mustard and black algae. Also the sides of the pool are discolored a kind of yellow green about 18" to 2 feet from the tiles. When I brush them a milky white film comes off but the color stays the same. I am brushing and vacuuming every 3 days along with cleaning the filter everyday. Pool is in direct sunlight 8 hours with no screening.
So, I know I need to get the CYA down to 30-50 and then balance using bleach and suggestions here, but would like to know if I should do something about the algae first and then drain the pool. Like using a commerical grade algae killer.
Where do I start?
Thanks in advance,