We are about 3 wks into our 1st full season, and our 1st time doing TFP. And we have an algae bloom. The pool got progressively more cloudy over the last week (we had a lot of rain so I wasn't sure if that was just the problem), and failed on OCLT last night, losing 1.5. My FC was 7.5 last night, 6 this morning, 2 an hour ago when I was able to actually start the process (just put kids to bed).
Since I'm not positive of my pool volume I'm splitting the difference & using 35k gal. I've tested CYA at 30 however 2 pool stores tested at 40. Nevertheless, this site has recommended I proceed with my own levels, so I'm using 30 which gives me a shock level of 12.
First I brushed the pool to hopefully loosen anything clinging to walls (1st time ever!) I then added 3.5 gal of 10% LC. Filter is running.
1.) Should I run our polaris to keep anything from sticking to walls (or help dislodge anything my novice attempt missed)?
2.) When should I 1st spot check my FC? I know the rules say at least 2/day, no more than hourly, but what is the recommendation, esp at the beginning?
3.) I don't recall my FC getting below 2. Is this algae problem still a possibility anyway or is my color perception perhaps a little off? Should I consider using the more accurate weekly test daily at least until I get a better feel for our pool?
4.) Do I really NEED to vacuum? I figured out the brushing, but I've never vacuumed, I'm not 100% sure we have all the required equipment, and finding the time during daylight hours with small kids including a (time-consuming!) newborn is a bit tough.
5.) We're supposed to be having people over Wednesday (it's currently Saturday night) and in-home swim lessons for the kids Friday. Is it realistic to think our pool will be ready?
Other tips/tricks or recommendations?