I'm new here, but have been reading and hopefully learning before registering. This site is the best thing going for newbie's and pro's alike.
I have what I call a beginner pool. It's an Intex above ground 6000 gallon, round pool. I have upgraded from the kit pump/filter to a Hayward sand filter with a Hi-Flo 60 GPM pump. I have this hard plumbed with 1-1/2 PVC pipe.
The pool over-wintered with a mesh cover 2/3 full (current water height.) I made the mistake of removing the cover without having the filter hooked up. At the time I removed the cover the water was clear and the bottom had green algae with no debris such as leaves, etc. The pool sit w/o a cover for 2 weeks not circulating (temps in the 70's low 80's and night temps in 50's-60's.) The water turned green and I could barely see the bottom.
The pump/filter is now hooked up and I added 2- 1.42 gal (182 oz each) of Great Value 6% bleach on Sunday evening. The filter ran overnight, but I didn't feel comfortable leaving it run all day while I was at work. When I arrived home Monday evening the water was clearer with some cloudiness, the water still had some green, especially in the center. I tested the water with our Pentair brand test kit purchased from the local pool store. My numbers were as follows:
Chlorine = 3.0+ (as high as the kit goes)
pH=7.6 to 7.8
TA=60ppm (as far as I can figure it out, it took 6 drops in the test kit)
I cannot test for CYA it's not part of the kit. But I did put about 1 cup of clarifier in last year.
After testing I added Baking Soda about 1 cup (it's all I had.)
I allowed the pump to run all night Monday night and off again during the day today (Tuesday)
Today after work, the pool looked basically the same as Monday night. I tested again and the numbers were also about the same, with the following exceptions:
Chlorine still off the chart 3.0+
pH = 7.4 or slightly lower
TA=50ppm (5 drops)
My wife is convinced that we need to buy those $$$ pool store chemicals, I need your help in proving this BBB method.
I know that I need to run the pump 24/7 until clear, I will start that tomorrow (I had some electrical issues that I corrected tonight)
What else can I do to get my water BBB clear?
Thanks for the help.