So we purchased a bank owned house last year that has a 24' round above ground. The water had been sitting for around 3 years...it was black/green muck. It took me about 5 days to get it balanced. Last year I used liquid shock and PH Down maybe twice all year...I had one algae bloom when it got over 100 for a few days (Dayton, Ohio). Closed it in October...opened it in April, water was clear and tested (strips) fine.
So I decided to go to Leslie's this year due to the fact that it's close to work so I can grab my pool supplies while at lunch. BIG MISTAKE APPARENTLY. They talked me into Power Powder and now my pool has high CYA - we've been in it for two weeks, but I knew something wasn't quite right because of the way my skin feels.
They are telling me to drain 18 inches and re-fill...we were also using 3 inch tabs from leslies, which they sell in a bundle with the shock (now I'm reading that you shouldn't really use them together).
These are my readings:
FAC - 1.0
TAC - 1.0
PH - HE HAS A ZERO WITH A .6 IN IT AND THEN A ? - (WHICH SCARES ME A LITTLE).
CYA - 100+
CALCIUM HARDNESS = X (IS THAT CODE FOR REALLY BAD IN POOL LANGUAGE?)
So my question is this: If I do the drain/re-fill should I stay on the power powder or go back to my weekly liquid and do I use tabs with either of these or what? we use our pool DAILY and I'm furious right now with this situation...I also found it odd that when at Leslie's getting the test done, 2 other people were given the exact same results as me...All I know is that I had ZERO issues last year, and 2 doses of powder vs. liquid and I have a rather expensive fix on my hands.
I would love to avoid the drain -but more importantly I want to avoid doing it over and over - I have to purchase water b/c I'm on a well.