Hello everyone, I'm a new pool owner, and wanted some assurance I'm pointing myself in the right direction. We took ownership March 1st, 2012 pool was sparkling oasis. I wasn't testing anything and just dropping pucks in the floater and brushing the pool since we weren't living there yet. Life threw me a curve ball (baby came early, in the process of packing to move) so I called the previous pool people to help (the pool started getting cloudy and dirty). They new the filter needed a new cleaning and were afraid the grids would be ripped (super old equipment) so no replacement parts. Manifold was busted so pool was out of commission for at least a month. (Attempted to go through home warranty and wasted $60 and time) Last Thursday (5/31) everything got changed out (72 sq ft Hayward DE filter, Hayward variable speed, and multiport valve).
Now I finally got involved:
Off to costco for bleach. I was being lazy and just doing the quick test for FC (even though I have the full test kit) since I figured that was all that mattered since I was just trying to get rid of the algae to start (going off of "How to turn your green swamp into a sparkling oasis"). Since I wasn't doing an accurate check for high chlorine (but didn't know it) I just kept dumping bleach, brushing, and backwashing. I did see results and figured I was on the right path. A day or two in I had blue cloudy water (much nicer to look at) but still not an oasis. Since I can almost see the bottom of the pool (6/7) I figured I should check out everything else (properly). One last thing, in a desperate measure on 6/6 to "speed things up" I put in two bags of powder shock I bought from home deopt (supposed to clear algae, cloudiness, and a few other things). I don't remember the brand, I can post it later if necessary.
Here's what I had as of 6/7 10pm:
CH (first time I checked it was 700!) Then I rechecked (assuming there's copper in the water (the main plumbing is copper)) and it came out to 550!
With my CH and CYA high I think everything points to a 50% drain. I'm going to remeasure my pool and make sure my gallons are accurate (it's a rectangular pool but huge). My 22k gallon estimate is off some rough measurements I took months back.