Hi All -
Thanks so much for this forum and for everyone who contributes. I am having some awful algae issues and I am at my wit's end! Below is a brief history on me and on my pool situation:
I am the former owner of an in-ground pool. With that pool I owned a very cheap test kit - I would shock and add acid as needed and the water was relatively clear all the time with very few issues. Fast forward 10 years, I now live in a different home. I have a 10 year old step-daughter with special needs, who was granted a wish through the Make a Wish foundation for an above ground pool - there aren't many things she can do, but she absolutely LOVES being in the water and will stay in for hours at a time if she can. Unfortunately due to both the weather and my inability to balance the water, she is not able to use it right now.
When I first filled the pool I followed the pool company's instructions and the water started out clear. Eventually it started getting cloudy and it eventually turned green. I made the mistake of making countless trips to the pool store only to waste lots of money. At one point I drained half the pool and filled it back up. About a week later the pool cleared up and we were able to use it again. That lasted for a few weeks, and the cloudiness started creeping back in. Eventually the cloudiness turned green.
I noticed there was quite a bit of sand on the floor of the pool. Hayward actually came out and replaced the entire filter under warranty - that stopped the sand on the floor issue, but my pool is still green. I invested in a Taylor K-2006 test kit and tested my water this morning. I know some of these numbers are bad, but I'm not exactly sure how to correct the issue. Here are my stats as of this morning:
I should also mention that I also tried emptying the pool halfway again on Sunday (2 days ago) and filled it back up.
I know that my FC is way too high, and I think my CYA is as well.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!