We bought the house with a pool that had been neglected since last August. The pool was a dark green frog swamp, home to over thirty frogs and innumerable tadpoles, and looked as thick as pea soup, but darker green. We started in early May with the pool store recommendations, which turned out to be slightly helpful, very expensive, and extremely frustrating. I started doing some research, and found TFP. About two weeks ago, I persuaded my husband to let me try BBB, and I am very encouraged by the results so far.
I have vacuumed to waste and replaced water so much that I dread the water bill this month. We rejoiced when we first saw the dim outline of the drain in the diving well! After bleach, brushing, and vacuuming, we still have some cloudiness, and although it's fairly clear, it is nothing like what I would call "sparkling." Some days are quite clear, and then it gets a little cloudy again. While swimming after dark for the first time this evening, I noticed lots of white particulates in the water that showed up with the pool light that I hadn't seen during the day. It's swimmable, but I want it to sparkle and be truly clear.
We have a little grey/black debris that I vacuum almost daily. I know the cartridge filters need to be cleaned again, so that's on my schedule for tomorrow morning. (Thanks for the instructions on cleaning--much more effective than what my beloved had been told to do.) I have not shocked the pool by TFP standards yet, because I have been waiting for my test kit. I plan to begin that on Monday.
My TF-100 arrived today, and here are the first set of numbers:
CYA never obscured the dot
After reading more info, I wonder if I should re-test the CH, because I didn't do it very slowly. Will that make a significant difference?
Not sure what to do with the CYA results--besides search the TFP site for info.
So...Is it reasonable to assume that if I shock my pool after the filters are cleaned, that things will clear up and sparkle? Am I missing anything else?
Thank you so much!