Hey all, I'm new here to the forums and to pool care in general. I have been reading these forums and trying to incorporate tips but am frustrated with ongoing issues.
A bit of history. We purchased the house last fall as a short-sale. The pool was sparkling but the house was not Being new to pools, we hired a pool guy. No problems until this summer early-July when the pool started turning cloudy and slightly green. It would clear up then come back before his next weekly visit. He used liquid chlorine and chem tabs in a floater. We would buy shock/floc chemicals to add in, just to have a fairly clear pool and be able to swim on the weekends. After a week when he didn't even show up, we decided to fire the pool guy and take care of the pool ourselves. Since then we continue to cycle between clear and green tinted water without being able to stay crystal clear.
I bought a Taylor K-2005 kit and discovered CYA levels were 120. We are on water restrictions but drained a quite a bit out of the pool late one night. CYA is now at 80. We are no longer using the tablets. Pool is in direct sun most of the day. Temps have been in the 90s. Currently the pump is running 24/7 and I've put in 8 gal of liquid chorine since yesterday to reduce the green bloom. I'm not sure what else to do. Been reading up on SLAM but not sure how to test higher levels of FC? Do I need special test? Any thoughts on what else I can do? I'm attaching a photo taken this afternoon. Thank you in advance.pool.jpg