Hey everbody, so happy I found this site! Good riddance pool store.
I have a 22k gallon inground plaster pool that came with the house I bought last year (pool about 10 years old I think) DE filter and inline 320 Chlorinator.
So I started seeing traces of green on the walls and floor not a ton but still any is not good right?... I took the water to be tested and it had ZERO cholrine in it! CYA was 40 according to the pool store which I know might not be accurate after readng other threads. I've ordered a fancy test kit, hopefully it will be here soon.
I was so perplexed why my chlorinator was not working? The water would fill up when I turned it up to 5 and I had recently replaced the check valve... Then I checked the the little plastic grate inside the unit at the bottom where water flows back into the line and it was totally clogged with deposits, I used a wire brush to free all the deposits. I was only using 1-1.5 pucks a week. I think I should be going through ALOT more than that each week. Also, I think I've learned this unit is more for just maintaining chlorine and that now I need to bring out the bleach to get things under control. (I have powered "shock" but as I understand it that has CYA so that will bring my CYA up if i use a bunch of it, so my best bet is good ole bleach!)
So I've poured in some bleach since (2 gallons) and unclogged the chlorinator and turned it to "5" and the water has gone milky/cloudy which I assume means things are dying, chlorine is working. Pump is running much more than normal to hopefully get things churning and filtered.
My 2 questions for all you experts...
Does my process/statements above make sense, am I misunderstanding anything?
Until my test kit arrives which I know is the most important thing here... can I continue to add bleach to stay in front of the algae? or should I wait till the kit comes to add anything
So glad I found this place!