I have owned my pool for 2 seasons and still don't really know what I am doing.
A few weeks ago I treated for Algae. I don't recall the product name or type. I also used Metal Out after that because my daughter's hair started turning green.
Last night I vacuumed what I believed to be mustard Algae. For the first time, I used the vacuum port rather than one of the 2 skimmers. I closed both skimmers while I did this. The vacuuming went well so I decided to backwash for the first time in 2 months or so.
The way that I backwashed is as follows with all my valves returned to the open position.
1. turn off the pump. 2. switch the hayward vari-flo multi valve to backwash. 3. Turn the pump back on for 5-8 seconds. 4. Turn the pump off. 5. Return the valve position to filter. 6. Turn on the pump for 5-8 seconds.
I repeated this suquence about 20 times, until the sight glass was clear, then returned the valve to filter and turned the pump back on. (I never used the rinse settin). I walked over to the pool when I was done and the water was cloudier than ever! After reading a few instructionals on backwashing, I think I made several mistakes. I followed the instructions that my local pool guy gave me and now I regret it.
Can anyone review this, tell me what I did wrong and how I can fix it? Thanks for your help. This is my first post.