In continuing with the link below...
www.troublefreepool.com/opening-with-wa ... 10980.html
I had the PB come over on the 11th of April to show me how to open up the the pool, remove and replace all of the winterizing items, prep and prime the pump/filter etc. I have filmed this "event" with my HD camcorder and took notes in the process. This was done so I can go solo next year...
Anyway, after the PB removed all the items, he looked at my green "pond" and poured a bottle of something that looked like honey or a very thin motor oil in the pool. He walked all along the edge and poured it in. He then proceeded to fire up the pump and filter. He stated to brush the walls and the algae would be gone in "no time". He said nothing of how long to let the pump run, the SWG on etc. I borrowed the neighbors Kreepy Krauly (KK) and let it go to work with the SWG at it's normal position. I have let the pump/filter run since we started up yesterday morning. At about 5pm this evening, the walls were pretty clear and the pool was about 95% algae free. I returned about 2 hours later and I noticed that the algae seemed to be getting worse; nah it couldn't be. I went back about 2 hours later and it is coming back and starting to spread. Since then, I have turned the SWG up to 100% (Super Chlorinate) and will let it run thru the night. I had to shut down the KK as I am out of DE until I can get some more tomorrow.
Here is why I am so upset. The PB said nothing about runniing the SWG at a higher level or to even leave the pump run 24/7 (I got that info from here). He just took a sample of water and then left. Said they would call me back later and tell me on what chemicals I need to add.
No one has ever called...
I feel like they just come over, took 45 mins to replace and remove the return line fittings, prime the pump full of water, install the ladder and rails and flip a switch (I already had the tarp removed) and then they boogied.
So now, it appears that the algea is growing back and all the work I've done is for naught even though it's suppose to get down to 40 tonight here in S'West Ohio. From what I've read on here tonight (I should HAVE read this BEFORE the PB came over) the only way to get rid of the algea is to clean and keep shocking the heck out of the pool.
I wish now I would have kept the SWG on super chlorinate. I've also backwashed the DE filter about 6-7 times since yesterday morning; hence the reason I am out of DE. The pool cleaner sure fills the filter up faster than just using the skimmers and main.
Any suggestions ? Can I just keep running the SWG at 100% until I can get some more DE tomorrow afternoon and then start all over ?
BTW, I bought the test kit with the Salt Water strips but to be honest, I'm terrified on how to use the kit. Seems to be quite overwhelming for me so the kit just sites in it's case unused until I can get the courage up to use it. Laugh if you will but I don't know where to start with the kit. My pool is only about 7 mos old and was finished up around Labor Day weekend of 2008.
Thx in advance.