So my cousin bought a new house in January and I am renting from him. When he looked at the house in the fall the pool was clear and clean. upon opening the pool last month there was a swamp. We fell for the pool store scam for about three weeks before catching on and going searching for a better way. So here begins the adventure.
Prior to learning the new ways we had added multiple bags of solid shock and a few bottles of algicide (quart size?) upon still getting little to no results I found the predecessor to this site and it was dead leading me here. I started adding wal-mart liquid chlorine (10%) estimating as I was waiting on a test kit. and it started clearing up the water almost immediately (within 24 hrs). The filter was requiring cleaning several times a day.
Now having test kit I found yesterday
FC - 5
PH - 7.4
TA - 100
CH - didnt test
CYA - 40 (probably from the 10-15 pucks added)
Temp - 83 deg F
water condition is clear but there is something that accumulates on the bottom with a green tinge that only appears after being left alone (with pump running) if you take a brush to it it disperses in a cloud but comes back after about 30 minutes. when we attempted to vacuum this we found that with the vacuum attachments set up it is causing the DE from the filter to enter the pool through the return jet. Upon further inspection of the filter found that there is a hole in the sock of the Bypass line (? #8 at this link http://www.inyopools.com/pool_parts_...de_filter.aspx) it is on order and will be here Friday hopefully. The filter has been running almost continuously for the last two weeks and has not needed to be cleaned.
I went ahead and brought this up to shock level (17) last night and woke up to a FC of 7 this morning and only had one gallon of 10% left dumped it in before I left for work (had a mostly cloudy day today thankfully) and returned to a FC of 7 brought it back up to 18 tonight brushed checked 30 min later still at 18 and again an hour after that still at 18. I am checking for the OCLT in the morning.
I am wondering of there is anything else you guys think I should be doing and if anyone has any idea wht the stuff accumulating on the bottom of the pool would be?