Hi everyone, my name is Ted and I just fired my "pool guy" this week. I watched him do nothing but add chlorine pucks once per week and empty the baskets. Heck, I could do that for free.
About my pool, I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area. My pool is relatively small, about 12,000 gallons, has a pebble tech lining, I use a Barracuda automatic cleaner, I have a DE filter and a SWG. I have lived in the house for about 1.5 years. The home was built in 2005 and the pool in 2006. The home was unoccupied for about a year while it went through foreclosure. I bought it after a flipper came in and cleaned it up. The pool was operational except no one was using the SWG. The flippers had a floater with chlorine pucks in it.
I was told by the "pool guy" that the SWG was not generating enough chlorine so he shut it off last Summer. It has been off ever since.
Problem #1: The "pool guy" seemed baffled by the reoccurence of black algae last summer and winter. This Spring, we went out to dip our feet and saw green algae all over. I called the "pool guy" over and he said the FC was zero. He added muriatic acid and a bag of "shock" at the same time. I HAD TO BRUSH THE POOL, he did nothing else. That was the last time he came to my house.
Problem #2: I probably got bad advice (Leslie's Pool store) and already drained the pool last weekend and refilled it. I added the bottle of "conditioner" and a bag of "shock". I suspect the excessive use of pucks and shock caused a high level of CYA, but alas, the water is now gone.
Question #1: Are there any local places to buy a TF100 kit or do I have to order online.
#2: I am reading the Pool School to learn what to do. Advice is welcome. I am interested in starting fresh with BBB.
#3: How can I find out if my SWG will work? I am at work right now but I was going to find an online manual for the SWG. I can take and post pictures of my equipment if it helps.