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    BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    Saturday I finally got everything balanced and ready to go. Other than some pesky algae, everything looks good. Sunday we got a huge rainstorm and has made my back yard flooded. The pool probably took 2 to 3 inches of water (if not more). Problem is, I cannot get to the pool to check it due to the muddy conditions (we are in the middle of landscaping install). Is it okay to let it circulate as is for a day or two until I can get to it... or should I treck through the mud to check the balancing.
    Grant and Jerri
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    I hate to be the one to say it but if there's "pesky algae" everything doesn't look good.

    Given that you know that you have algae, I wouldn't wait any longer to get rid of it by shocking. Waiting a couple of days will allow the algae to grow and consume the FC thereby growing at an even faster rate. I vote for sloshing through the mud and shocking as needed.
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    How do you chlorinate?

    I agree with Bama, things could go bad quickly after a rainstorm, especially if something is lurking to begin with...
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    I use chlorine tablets in the skimmer basket. Maybe I should have clarified. The algae (or whatever it is) did not worry me much because I added the algaecide and treatment chemicals Saturday PM assuming that would kill it.
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    Tablets usually don't raise FC very quickly; bleach would be more effective more quickly. And if it's trichlor, you probably want to keep the pump going 24/7 so the pH in the skimmer doesn't get too low.

    What kind of algaecide? Some of them are helpful in keeping algae from getting started but not so good at killing algae that's already established.
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    Have you read Pool School?
    It would really help if you could post the last full set of numbers and how they were obtained (i.e self test, pool store test, etc)

    pH
    FC
    CC
    TA
    CH
    CYA

    Algaecide is really a preventative and we only recommend it in very special cases and then only Polyquat 60%.

    Since you use tablets your CYA is probably high and therefore your FC needs to be kept higher as well. You can find what it should be by using the Chlorine/CYA chart in Pool School. Also we recommend that you not put tablets in the skimmer. They're acidic and if the pump isn't running 24 hours a day it creates a very low pH & very high chlorine concentration in it.
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    3/24/2010 3/28/2010
    FC 0 0
    TAC 0 0
    PH 7.8 7.9
    TA 60 128
    CA HARDNESS 150 128
    CYA 0 8
    TDS 250 0

    ADDED 24 LBS CA HARDNESS 3/24
    ADDED 6 LBS PH DOWN 3/28
    4 INCHES OF RAIN 3/29-3/30
    PH NOW 7.6 VIA HOME TEST
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    You need to get some chlorine in your pool. Maintain at least 2ppm FC for now.

    Use Jason's Pool Calculator to figure the evening dose.

    I suggest you stop with the tabs and use liquid chlorine/bleach.

    You need to increase your CYA based on your method of chlorination.

    See Recommended Levels in Pool School.

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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    You are overlooking the single most important ingredient to keep from getting a green pool.....chlorine!

    You will also need stabilizer (CYA) to keep the sun from burning off the chlorine.

    Pool School has "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" which will help.

    EDIT: Butterfly and I posted simultaneously...sorry for the duplicate.
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    [Pls excuse my previous post. I missed the green water part because I had originally answered to a duplicate post which is now deleted.]

    Along with the info you have received to read Pool School, the best thing you can do for your pool is order a good test kit.

    See Test Kits Compared in Pool School. The best bang for the buck is the TF100. Link in my sig.

    This will enable you to take control of your pool and then your pool will be a trouble free pool
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    Re: BALANCING AND RAINWATER

    If you have a heater or other component with metal components exposed to the water, putting pucks in the skimmer is a bad idea as the high chlorine concentration going through the equipment can damage them.
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