I've owned my pool for about 2.5 years now. In that time I've replaced the pump, replaced the cartridge filters, drained, cleaned pop ups heads, etc. I've gotten to be pretty familiar with the pool but as of late I have struggled to maintain an appropriate level of FC. I've fallen for the advice that the pool store employees have offered and it's cost me a lot of money with not much to show. I discovered this site about 2 weeks ago and want to give the BBB method a go! I've purchased a TF-100 and just conducted my first test. My readings are as follows:
Total dissolved solids: 1700
Water temp: 93
Now, before starting the process of BBB it seems as if it would be best to resolve my CYA issue first by draining 60% of my pool, please confirm that this is the best approach and should be done first.
After this is done, what should be my next step? Is there a certain order of procedures that would be ideal to follow?
Also, a few weeks ago I had a bout with what I thought was mustard algae. The pool people sold me copper algaecide and I've used that. Haven't really seen much regrowth but I don't know if the metals in the pool might be an issue. Also, I've had trouble controlling my phosphate levels. I've went through several expensive bottles of Phosfree over the past few weeks and my phosphates have only increased!
Thanks in advance for your help - this site is great btw!