This is my first time getting algae in 2 yrs. Due to health I was not keeping up with the nightly chlorine but the dogs continued to swim. The algae isn't too bad. I have some questions.
Here are my test numbers
500 TA this never changes and it's a factor of our city well water
When I put in the pool math to check the amount of muriatic acid to change pH the amount of MA changes when I record the TA 500 vs 100. 28 oz of 14 % MA vs 126 oz MA if TA is 500.
Any idea which way to go? I think my goal is to lower the pH prior to SLAMing. I was told to ignore the TA as I can't change it.
I bought the bleach and will start adding tonight. It's very cold here at night 45 degrees, days in 80's So there is no climbing in the pool to scrub. I have been using a soft broom on the walls and my usual log pole that has a bristle brush for the middle. I have wedding cake stairs so I will take those out BUT I have a very very sneaky 14 y.o dog who tries to get in the pool as well as a 2 y.o lab who launches over the side where ever. I have the stairs barricaded but I worry he could get in and not out. I have a spare ladder ( no algae nooks and crannies) I can put in maybe to at least give him a platform.
I usually have the filter run on low 24/7 and only use high for chemical mixing and cleaning. Is that ok to do SLAM on low?
When I have been vacuuming the pool the brown stuff seems to go right through to the return jet-just a bit. I back washed and rinsed and still the next day see lots of brown crud on the bottom. Because we live on the prairie and the wind blows we expect sand in the pool bottom a bit but this brown stuff from the jet is not making me happy.
I will be attempting the SLAM, lol best I can. I have a brain problem and it's often hard understand stuff. I will be closing the pool down soon. Last year I closed it very clean and opened it sparkling thank you TFPs. I was proud.
Any suggestion welcome.