Hi guys, I've been lurking a while and finally decided to take the plunge and join in the discussions. This is our 2nd summer owning a pool, and the 1st summer that we've had any issues with it. We live in Indianapolis, so the pool is only open from around now till Sept. Our house came with an inground pool, cement, around 25k gallons. We recently had a brand new Pentair pump & Pentair sand filter installed to replace the old 'Jacuzzi' brand filter the house came with. We're using 3" tabs in the chlorinator.
We we opened the pool about a month ago and our pump went out the same day! We had to wait over 3 weeks to have a new one installed so the freshly opened pool just sat there uncirculated the whole time. The water stayed clear, but I could see a pretty large "ring" of what I assume was algae in the deep end. Then we had a massive rain storm which turned the whole pool cloudy and turquoise (not green)
Now that we have the brand new sand filter and pump, and after spending no less than $400 in chemicals over the past 2 weeks, I've got the pool to where its blue and cloudy. The water is clear in the shallow areas still cloudy in the deep end (can barely make out the drain). I used some commercial grade PhosFree, vacuumed to waste (twice), backwashed, etc.
As I'm still waiting for my Taylor K-2006 kit to arrive, here's the latest reading I'm getting (from Leslie's)
FAC - 3.0
PH - 7.0 (added 5lbs of soda ash this morning and this is now closer to 7.2)
TA - 100
TDS - 1000
Phos - 1000
I'm really hoping to learn from you guys how to get/keep our pool crystal clear during the summer months, and not be at the mercy of the pool store!
Based on my test #'s, should I be doing anything more than continuing to add soda ash until my Ph reaches 7.4? I'd LOVE to be able to get the water in the deep in crystal clear like the shallow end
Thanks a lot guys!