I'm new to BBB, but faithfully following this year with markedly less expense than our first year (last year). Pool was sparkling & gorgeous... so proud!
Left last Tuesday with a clean pool. When we go away we usually put a few pucks in the skimmer to keep the sanitizer up, but we were out. What could a few days do?? (we run the pump constantly, b/c we aren't here to turn it on and off!)
Returned last evening to a CLOUDY pool, and high pressures on the DE filter - 20. Immediately backwashed, 3x. Recharged with DE: pressure back to 15 immediately (opening pressure start of season was 10).
Water test with Taylor:
Added 1.5 gallons of 12.5% bleach and got to FC of 8, zero CC (in spite of the dead frogs in the skimmer basket!). 2 hours later I added 2 lbs of leftover cal-hypo HTH shock laying around from last season, and went to bed. (I didn't check the FC after the cal-hypo). Also added 16oz of 3x HTH algicide, since I hadn't added any this year (even at start up... cocky and optimistic with BBB!)
This am, FC 11. Zero CC. Still cloudy. Pressure back up to 20! Backwashed again, recharged with DE and added a little sparkle up with the DE (I got suckered into buying LOTS of stuff last year...). Added my last gallon of liquid 12.5% bleach and I need to go to work. (didn't recheck FC - no time to wait)
I need to tell my husband (who never touches the pool maintenance stuff) what to do tonight, as I won't be here tonight. I can't ask him to disassemble the filter, although I think that is likely what I need to do due the pressure popping up so fast. I'm out of bleach and any other chlorine products, so I will be asking him to go the store. He does know how to backwash
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Any thoughts on what the heck the cloudy stuff is? And can we run our new Aquabot when our FC is this high?? The robot is our new addition since June...
23,000 IG wedge pool, vinyl liner.
Hayward 36 sf DE filter.
Pool installed in about 2007 - bought house in 11/10.