First off, thanks everyone for being so helpful on this site. I love the TFP way and love my pool. So to continue with my education I thought I would ask the experts.
How do you know when you have a cause to SLAM?
I am a new pool owner. I am not familiar with terms like "I had an algae bloom". I do understand when someone says my pool turned green. But I am still unsure about when you have an algae problem. For instance:
- If the floor of your pool feels a bit slimy in a certain spot. You brush it, and it now feels clean. Is that an algae problem? Do you need to SLAM?
- If you have a small yellow spot started on your white plastic ladder that you can easily brush off. Is that an algae problem? Do you need to SLAM?
- If you have small lines of green on the bottom of the pool. Is that an algae problem? Do you need to SLAM?
Obviously if your water is cloudy, or you have a higher than 1ppm CC, or you are losing more than 1ppm FC at night, or your water turns green you should SLAM. But where is the line drawn at choosing to SLAM as compared to just regular pool maintenance/cleaning?
Just to be clear, I did not post any test information here because this is not about my pool (members like Needsajet and Kim would smack me silly if I messed up after they have been so helpful to me), I am just curious in general. I know that one day I may be facing this question or asked it and want to at least be knowledgeable enough to answer.
Thanks in advance for everyone's time and generous help.