2nd year with pool - have learned a ton from this site - thank you!
I have been SLAMing the pool due to recurrent cloudy water all season and green water and sides for the past week.
The pool went green when the weekly pool chick didn't come, Chlorine went down to Zero, and I had no pucks, shock, or my trusty liquid chlorine on hand. She had used them up (I had used up the liquid chlorine) and not replaced them. I am disabled, and had to wait several days for my hubby to bring some when he got back from being away.
I SLAMMED the pool and after a week of frustration hubby brought Omni Algae Kill Kit - Copper & Chlorine. I treated with that and YESTERDAY *finally* saw clear water and dead brown algae *dust* on the bottom. No trace of green on the sides at last!!
I asked hubby to bring a phosphate test kit this weekend, as we have a new well in a farmed field this year. Last year, we used city water in out pool and had no problems with a weekly treatment of liquid chlorine. The same weekly chlorine treatment this year has continued, but we have had cloudy water all season.
TODAY, I left a note for the Pool Chick to test for Phosphates, and note that the Pool was 'closed for swimming' as it is being shocked and algaecided. So all I needed was a vacuum ( which I am unable to do. )
Instead, she left me a note that my Chlorine was too high - 5-7pmm ( Yay, drifting down nicely after SLAM & clear water at last! ), so she added ChlorOut (!!!), and it's now 3pmm! Though she left the pump off, which I just turned on - so likely Chlor Out may not have been fully mixed in yet.
She also added a jug of MBA-60 algaecide ( polyquat ) for good measure!! Though noted she saw no visible algae, and noted she did not have a Phosphate Test Kit, but I "probably don't have phosphates as all the numbers are good".
To say that I'm beside myself furious, is an understatement.
Now I have low Chlorine, Copper, and Polyquat and ChlorOut (sodium thio) in the pool. And it's cloudy again, of course.
I feel like I have an unhealthy chemical stew going on. The pool maintenance company has not returned my calls.
I have visions of draining the pool, and we have a gorgeous weekend ahead. Of course, weekends are when the pool is in heavy use.
What to do???
Pool specs - 40,000 rectangle inground, Hayward sand filter, pump, heater
Free Chlorine 3ppm
Total Chlorine 3ppm
My Taylor Kit is missing - she may have misplaced it.
Many thanks in advance to the experts here!