Hey there, my first post! 3rd season with my pool, know the ins and outs of things mostly because my grandfather bought me my first above ground pool back when i was 9 or 10, over 30 years ago. So now, being in chicago, we had a nice day in may and i took the winter cover off, and the weather changed quickly, so i was not able to attend to the pool as i wanted. The water was crystal clear, and by the time i was able to tend to it, had turned green.
I shocked, it cleared up. thought my problem was over.
Boy was I wrong.
I believe i have mustard algae. within the last week or 2, green is forming around the bottom, where the wall meets the floor. Some is also on the walls. I also see, in the small divots on the bottom, what appears to be "silt". I assumed it was from the tar paper on the roofs of houses around here, because it can be very windy, and has been this season so far.
Anyway, I've shocked 2x in the last week, water is still clear, but still see the green. My liner has become faded in areas from the shock.
So, i'm at a loss as what to do. best bet to bring in water sample to a pool store??? I've read a lot on here before joining and my head is swimming with all the info.
AG 17x12. 52 inch walls. Cartridge filter. yes i use test strips as opposed to the drops, and the ph is low, the free chlorine is high (shocked 2 days ago) the total aklalinity is low and the stabilizer is low. I know i have a lot of work ahead of me.
Can someone stop me from spinning and shove me in the right direction? it's gonna be a scorcher here this holiday weekend and im sad that my daughter and I can't enjoy the pool.