We have been BBB-ing since end of season 2009 when I realized I paid $30 for a small bag of pH increaser and found out it was BAKING SODA!
We swore we would NEVER talk to another pool snake oil charmer again. With TFP, we never need to.
We have a 13200 gal A/G Vinyl pool. Sand Filter with a single speed motor. We ran the pump last year 10 hours a day (total of 2 - 5 hour sessions). This year hubby wanted to try to save some $$ and we calculated how much it should run to turn it over the recommended amount of time each day. We came up with 6 hours. We started out on the 10 hour schedule, after the pool was opened a month (May) we decided to switch to 3 sessions/day: 6a-8:30a, 2p-4:30p, 12a-2a: 6.5 hours total/day (started June 4th).
We have never had an issue with cloudiness, etc until now. Our winter cover "shed" to the bottom over this winter and we had a mess when we opened it. We got the water crystal clear at the beginning of this season, now I am not sure why it has turned cloudy over the past 4 days. I am stumped
I use 12% chlorine, 20-mule or baking soda for pH up (I like the 20-mule better as the water glistens when I use it), Cyanuric Acid dissolved in a sock for CYA once or twice a season, have never had to use Muriatic Acid for pH down but have it on hand.
Yesterday morning, I vacuumed a yellowish "silt" off the bottom. It was hard to pick up. Thinking it might be algae, I tested the water. I have not had any CC's since we open it in May and CC's have never been over 0.5.
(I shocked last night for Mustard Algae thinking that was it because I let FC get too low the other firstname.lastname@example.org):
pH 8.2 (this just went up with the shock, has been steady at 7.5)
Temp this AM 80 degF (it has not been over 85 yet this season but the outside temps have off and on been 90's+.)
We had a solar cover on it until this past Sunday. It is so hot out we didnt want to bother. The solar cover is dirty and some of the dirt has gotten into the pool over the past 2-3 weeks. It does need a good cleaning.
Hubby scrubbed and vacuumed the bottom last night again before I shocked. He scrubbed the sides and took the stairs out and scrubbed those too.
This am I went out to get water to test and the yellow "silt" it back but not quite as extensive as yesterday AM and it is still cloudy. Is this algae with a CC of 0??
Can anyone help me get my pool sparkling again.
I LOVE BBB and tout about it to everyone we know with a pool. Thank you Jason, Dave and everyone involved for this fabulous resource! LOVE your test kit too. I am addicted to learning about water chemistry and always having a clean, clear, sparkling pool.
Thanks so much for your help!!!