Where do I begin .... Some details
18k gallon older in ground plaster pool
Hayward pump with Pleatco PA-175 cartridge filter
Baracuda pool sweep
The pool was looking great after we installed new Pleatco filter in March. But algae came back about a month ago and the baracuda has no suction. There's water circulating but not enough to power baracuda. We've done a suction test between leaf basket and dedicated inlet and nothing. So we know there's no cracks in hoses.
We suspect the new Pleatco filter is clogged with dead algae so we've bought another one.
I think we got into this mess because our test kit does not use stabilizer and we didn't know the importance of it, so our chlorine (bleach) was tanking over the hot summer.
But I'm concerned about using algaecide again and having the new filter go bad again. I don't think we can "vacuum to waste" with our equipment. I don't think using algaecide would even help because we have no pull. We've been putting 2-4 gallons of bleach in every day or two and circulating with the brush but it makes no difference.
What should we do? Rent a vacuum to waste portable pump (or service) or install new filter and start with slamming? Should we use algaecide? ... We're tapped out for buying anew test kit until next payday but do still have the old one.
Thanks in advance for help!
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