I should have found this site a year ago when I got a house with a pool... this is a great site...
I live in Davie, South Florida and have been maintaining my pool with rookie knowledge for over a year. I was using dichlor powder (rookie mistake) for regular maintencnace. recently, I got hit with green algae which has not ogne away for 8 weeks. I went thru all the basics and algae prevention (Defeating Algae) posts on this website.
I am using aAqua Chem 6-way test strip and I agree I need to get one of the other sophisticed test kits. Based on the test stirp these are my results:
Total CL 0
Stabilizer 150 (This is the max the test can find).
I took the sample to a pool place and they also could not test CYA > 100.
So the problem is high CYA, so I drained my pool in half and refilled, the new readings are:
Total CL 0
Looks like I have a real issue with CYA. I put in 4x2.5 jugs of 10% chlorine and after an hour the readings are as follows: (Max identifies the max reading the test strip provides)
Total CL 10 (Max)
FC 10 (max)
Stabilizer 150 (Max)
Things I know:
- My CYA is toooooo high
Questions I have:
How do I take control over my pool, some questions I have:
1. Should I use Aqua Ammonia to kill Algae at this high levels of CYA? What are the disadvantages? One article from Jasoc mentioned the do not recommend this because of 2-reasons. What are those?
2. Should I drain the pool completely? And refill water, so that I have the CYA in check?
I can be reached at 786-208-9836.
Thanks in advance.