I've been reading over this site and decided to join. Hopefully I'm on the right track with my signature and other info. So we've been in this house for about two years and I've never had any issues with algae. Starting about 3 weeks ago, algae started appearing every 4-5 days and has become worse since. At this point, algae now appears every morning when I go check the pool. The water is very clear but I can see the green algae spots on the floor and walls. I've been brushing and vacuuming to waste but nothing seems to be stopping it.
As far as chemicals go, I currently use 3" tablets, Chlor-Brite and Soda Ash. The tablets are nice to use due to frequently being gone, but after reading this site I'm going to attempt to switch to liquid chlorine. The tablets are put into a floater. When algae is present I shock the pool with Chlor-Brite. I balance the PH using the Soda Ash. I've also tried algaecide from Leslies with no luck. Now for the important stuff. Here's my test results:
Last night at 11:00 PM:
This morning at 10:00 AM (Algae visible again):
Unfortunately this is all my Leslie's test kit shows. After reading some pages on this site I've gone ahead and ordered a TF-100 and it should be in soon. I've taken the ladders and steps out of the pool and now have the pump running 100% for 24 hours to see if the algae returns in the morning. Can you all think of anything else I can try to prevent algae from appearing? Thanks in advance for your help. Now I'm off to search for liquid chlorine again since I didn't find any earlier today.