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    Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    Hey guys! Well, I posted something in the pump forum because I thought my pump was going bad. Well, y'all were right it's just nasty. So, about my adventure. We recently bought a house with a green pool. We have found out that the pool has been this way for two years. We are steadily getting leaves and limbs off the bottom and trying to get the chemistry right. Taking advice from the articles and forums on this board, I believe that I'm on the right track. Here is where I am right now:
    PH-7.8
    FC-2
    CC-8
    TA-140
    CYA-<20

    I've got stabilizer in the skimmer and this has been there for about three days now. The CYA test is getting murky, so I think it's working (it was very clear). Any suggestions going forward?
    Brad

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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    Getting as much debris off the bottom as possible is one of the key steps. Objects on the bottom, especially leaves, can protect algae from chlorine, allowing it to bounce back very quickly.

    The other thing that helps is to find time when you can concentrate on the pool for a number of hours in a row and maintain the FC level through that period. Concentrated attention like that is much more effective than simply adding chlorine twice a day.

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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    Once you get all the debris out that you possibly can, start shocking, and don't slack up till it's finished. What CYA level did you aim for?

    Jason beat me but we had the same idea.
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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    I was hoping to achieve a 20 CYA. With a 20 CYA, it wouldn't take as much chlorine to get to shock level.
    Brad

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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    Between 20 to 30 is good when you have to shock. Enough to protect from the sun some, but not enough to require terribly high FC levels.
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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    Well, it's been three weeks now. We have gotten all the trash out that we can and have been running the pump 24/7. We have kept the FC levels at 12 or higher by adding bleach about twice a day. However, now it looks like we have mustard algae. So, we bumper the FC even higher now. I still have a few concerns. One of these is the pump. We were back washing the pump regularly because of the pressure, but now the pressure is very slow to climb. Well, I'm open to suggestions guys.

    Current measurements
    FC-25
    CC-8
    TC-33
    CYA-40
    PH-7.6
    TA-150
    Temp -70

    The pool is mostly shaded too.

    Thanks,
    Brad

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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    but now the pressure is very slow to climb.
    As it should be because you are not accumulating debris in the filter as rapidly.

    Why do you think you have mustard algae? You certainly shouldn't if your FC levels have been held like you describe.
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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    The pool has turned a yellowish green color and gets very cloudy when we brush the sides, etc. We definitely still have algae though.
    Brad

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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    That's quite unusual to have algae when you have held the FC up that high for that long. However, you have no other option than to continue your FC around where it is 24/7 and continue to clean and backwash your filter until the algae clears.
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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    Well, I tested the water again this morning and here are the numbers.
    FC 20
    CC 6
    PH 7.5
    TA 120
    CYA 25

    The water is a cloudy green still. I'm hoping that I'm still on the right track. I've got friends that are telling me to flock it. I'm resisting though.
    Brad

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    Re: Getting a pool ready after 2 years

    With a CC of 6 you need to maintain shock level. Once you have. 0.5 CC or less you can think about floc then.
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