I've been reading for the last few days and have learned lots but I still have a very LONG way to go. I ordered a Taylor 2005 kit and then realized that I needed the 2006. It will be here in a couple of days. My pool has been green since I opened it for the summer. I have never been able to get a FC reading all summer. Needless to say, my pool is a lovely shade of green. The lady at the pool store is a sweet lady BUT I can't afford to continue to throw money into the pool when her recommendations aren't working.
I tested my water tonight and here are my results:
pH-8.0 this number has been rising over the last couple of weeks
CYA-45 maybe; the dot disappeared between 40 and 50
So here are my questions. Do I shock the pool first or do I take care of the pH level? I don't have a kit that will read FC as high as I need to keep it until the new test comes in, should I go ahead and start adding the chlorine now or should I wait. Time is not an issue as I am a teacher and at home for the next month. Finally, when I vacuum my pool, the algae returns into my pool. I replaced my sand about 3 weeks ago. I had this problem last summer put the pool lady wasn't concerned and told me to replace a gasket?!?!
I really want a pretty, sparkly pool before I go back to work!