This is Melissa, Brad has been doing all of our posting so far. I've got a couple questions about all the JUNK in our pool. Remember our pool was not taken care of last fall and all the leaves and **** fell into the pool. I have been scooping leaves and sticks and stuff (6-8 times so far) and we are still getting leaves in every scoop with the leaf rake. We have never actually seen the bottom of our deep end so I have NO IDEA how much junk is still left in the bottom, and we are just blindly scooping.
How much do all the rotting leaves still in the pool contribute to our algae/solid green water problem? Any suggestions on how to deal with leaves, especially since we can't actually see them? Should we vacuum? The pool company says they have a chemical I can add that will bring all the leaves to the surface.
Second question: How many times a day should we/can we be brushing the walls? Our algae problem is insane!! When we brush the walls our psi on the filter sky rockets with in a couple of hours and we have to run a backwash. Is it ok to do this multiple times a day and is it helping?
Our pool is the grossest solid shade of green I have ever seen! We can't even see the bottom stair in the shallow end!
Now I have to admit when Brad introduced this forum and website to me I voiced my skepticism. My mom has been a pool owner for 20+ years and has always done it the pool company way. So I assumed that would be the way we did it. I even told one our neighbors Brad was trying a "Home Brew" method on the pool The pool company is selling me hard on adding copper based algaecide to the pool (which I had ordered online) but for now I am letting my Husband have his way and trying it trouble free pool's way.
Brad has been shocking the pool like crazy! I think he has added 10 128 oz jugs of 10% chlorine in the last couple days. We did a full test this morning with the new test kit we got yesterday and he is also taking a sample over to the pool store to compare to our test kit (TF-100).
Result from this morning:
The TA from the pool company over the past couple of days has always been about 90-110, so that one is a bit higher with our test kit.