Good morning everyone and thanks in advance for your help! I have been lurking and reading for a few days. Have not ever posted on message boards but as I start this new adventure in pool care, I don't want to mess anything up!!
Here we go with some background! Pool built in 2006. Was originally a salt water system but after 3 years with our hard Phoenix water, the salt cell broke. At the time my hubby was out of work and it was too expensive to replace so we just switched to chlorinating from the pool store. Everything seemed ok for the last few years....until this last April! The pool in floor cleaning system broke and pool went green. Shocked and got algaecide, etc. It recovered but the entire summer has been an uphill battle. Have been adding pucks every other day, shocking once/week, spending hours scrubbing and working on it and can't get it to clear up! It is smelly and cloudy no matter what we do.
Last week the pump broke and we replaced that. No improvement. I am so frustrated!! I found your site and have decided to start following your methods and hoping for better results. Yesterday I went to Leslie's and bought the testing kit. I also had them test the water. The pool store told me I need to drain the pool. He basically said the water was "unfixable" or I would be spending like $400-500 on chemicals to attempt it! Here are the readings from pool store:
Went home and tested with my own (new) kit:
CH- added 50 drops and it never went blue so I stopped test
CYA- >100 (if this is equal to markings I would say it is 160)
So last night I drained the pool.
Started refilling this morning. I will test once the water level is up- thinking it will be about 6-8 more hours.
1. What do I do now?? I don't want to mess it up!
2. There are some brown ?algea streaking on the walls/floor in places. Should I be doing something while the pool is empty?
3. Will my pool ever be clean and easy to take care of??
I appreciate any input! Thank you so much!