Quick background story. I didn't shut down the pool last year and left it uncovered. A month or so ago I started this long process of changing the swamp back to a pool. I scooped out all the leaves and debris I could get. The water was black and green. After MANY trips to the pool store and hundreds of dollars in chemicals I got the water to look ok. It's very cloudy. Then I found this site and everything has changed. I bought a Taylor test kit k-2600. And here are my results from the test before I started the SLAM procedure.
FC 8.2 ( I started adding a gallon of bleach a day waiting for the kit)
here are my questions: according to the link on the SLAM I wanted my FC to be about 16 so I added 6 gallons of 8.25 bleach and my FC reads 22. Is this something I need to worry about?
The second questions is about the DE filter. It looses flow after about an hour and I bump it, the flow is then about 60% of what it should be. I do this a couple more times then I do a complete backwash of the filter and add new DE. I have been throu about 30 lbs of earth so far. Is this normal? In previous years with the same filter I would backwash every 3 weeks or so. My water is looking ok but still can't see the bottom because it is cloudy.
My third question is about ammonia, the pool store tested for it and it was 3 ppm. They said a lot of pools this year had high ammonia. Do I need to go have it retested or does the SLAM take care of the ammonia?
Thank you for this awesome pool community, can someone post a link for me to make a donation to keep it going. Thanks, Andrew.