So, I hesitated on whether-or-not to post this to the water bucket, or to CHEM201... Because I'm going to RANT, as well as show some stuff to get some other "pros" thoughts an inputs...
Last week, I get a call from a guy who want's me to care for his pool - he's not happy with the pool guy he has now. I always give a full water and site analysis for free, so I go over and look at the pool.
FC - 2ppm
CYA - 50ppm
pH - My Phenol red turns purple (very high)
T/A - 330ppm (not a typo)
Ca - ~300ppm.
Water condition - not "Krystal" clear... a little haze, nothing too bad.
Plaster condition - Dark plaster, covered with patches of Mustard algae, but no "whiting" of the plaster anywhere... I looked for this because the scale on the spa spill-over was measurably thick... beautiful cobalt tiles you could barely see the color of under the whitish/tannish calcium build-up literally covering the 4'x6' flat spill over (sorry, no pictures - will get some later).
Oh - and the '260 is just spinning circles in the deep end (gears are stripped), so there's a patch about 8' in diameter in the deep-end that looks awesome, and the rest of the pool looks like crud.
So, I get a call on late Saturday, telling me that he let the prior pool-guy go and wants me to start this Friday. I always clarify that I need to "bring-on-line" the pool, before I take care of it (adjust TA, and whatever else needs addressed prior to putting it "On the Route").
So, I went over there today to start adjusting the TA and up the FC to kill the Mustard algae... and there's white crud all over the bottom of the pool??? (yes, he has a DE filter...)
Here's a few sample pictures... pay close attention to the spa picture (the colors are correct):
and the spa...
(anyone notice anything, other than what appears to be a layer of DE all over the bottom of the spa... I didn't, not at first)
I call him up, and ask him what's going on - this wasn't here last week. He tells me that before he fired the previous pool guy, he let him work on the pool on Saturday to "clean the filter" and do some other "things" to address the algae.
"like what kind of things????" Doesn't know.
I'm a little worried, because I'm thinking that the guy jacked-up the DE filter when he serviced it... Best way to test this, is start draining down the spa into the pool through the filter, and see if any of the DE comes out the pool returns.
I get the spa almost drained and not a single "puff" comes out the returns. Wierd. How did this guy get DE all over the bottom of the pool? It "poofed" like DE does when I brushed the MA off the floor and walls... I'm getting stumped here. How did this happen? But then I start noticing that the whitish marks on the steps - marks I didn't notice last week - aren't brushing off (sorry, didn't take a picture, but you can kind of see it above under the "dust").
Then, I walk over to the spa, and can't believe my eyes... Yes, this picture is color correct:
Like I said, I'm going to rant... Some people have no business taking care of their own pools, let-alone someone elses (and getting paid for it).