Hello all! I've had a pool for about 3 summers going on 4. The 1st 2 summers were pretty good. Followed the store recommended maintenance and was pretty happy (although pretty broke too). Last summer was when I started having major issues with my pool (mainly turning cloudy and green) even while sticking to the recommended maintenance. I will admit though that I was not familiar at all with the pool chemistry, was just testing with strips and adding whatever was recommended by the pool store. Basically the last half of the summer the pool was useless because nobody wants to go into a green/cloudy pool. I finally gave up and closed it under frustration.
After doing some research the last few weeks and running across this wonderful site I think I found out why I've been having issues (which I will explain) and was looking for some more advice.
For weekly maintenance I've been using the 3" Chlorine tabs and shocking with Chlor Brite all bought from Leslies. Apparently, after reading through this site (and others), using these products will slowly raise the stabilizer (CYA). I never really paid attention to this reading/test as the pool store said to just pay attention to the PH, ALK, FC. So even when I would go and shock my pool last summer, and use 2 or 3 times the amount of chlorine to shock, I was seeing no results. This year when I opened my pool and after cleaning out all the leaves/junk and running the filter for a few hours, i tested the Stabilizer(with strips) and was at about 150(which is why I am assuming my efforts last summer didn't do anything). Per the recommendations of this site and others I drained about 60 - 70% of the pool, refilled, ran the pump for about 2 hours, retested with a better test kit and still reading around 100.
I really don't want to drain the pool that much again. I saw the chart under pool school for how much Bleach I need to add with the CYA at 100 (about 7 96oz jugs) and was wondering if that will truly work to clear up the cloudiness/green tint with the CYA at 100? I was thinking of trying to get it cleared up 1st and then slowly remove more water over time during filter cleaning/maintenance. Any thoughts? Any healp is much appreciated.