Live in Florida - new pool owner and i got it running after some initial help but then amtree fell in it right after i got a new pump and vinyl liner so that was cool. I got that fixed but just cannot keep my pool clean. Its driving me nuts. I have a 15 x 30 vinyl in ground pool with a hayward catridge pump and filter. I work like 70 hours a week and my nights are spent in the dark messing with the pool every day.
I've been combating algae ever since i got the pool up and running and finally got a new filter after constantly de-greasing and cleaning the old one. I think it was just done so i bought a new one and its been great - was sparkling clear and the best its been i. My levels are good but with the heavy rains here every day, my pool is just an algae center and sex dungeon for frogs. I have a big oak tree (pending limb removal) and get tons of leaves that require daily or every other day vacuuming if i can get the time to do it. The rain puts an inch or two of water in pool weekly so i constantly have to drain it.
Here are my latest numbers. The pool store says my phosphates are too high but i thought when you an ungodly amount of chlorine in there, that should prevent algae or at least kill it. Leslies says my FC and TAC is high (they actually said dangerously high and don't swim in it) - poured like 3 gallons of liquid chlorine two weeks ago to kill the last attack.
FC 1- 4 ppm - i have 10 apparently
CH 200 ppm
CYA 90 ppm
Total Alkalinity 100 ppm
Phosphates 300 ppm - should be below 100 apparently -
How often should I be shocking - weekly- maybe 2 bags because of the rain here? I have an inline chlorinator that seems to be working now that the new filter is allowing water through. Previously, my psi was close to 30 35 after cleaning my filter so it was just terrible. Now, its around 12 psi. Both jets seem to be circulating the water and i run the pump at about 8 hours a day.
Maybe its just summer time and this is normal? I dont see many people going to brush their pools twice a day everyday to get rid of algae.