Hi, I have been reading this wonderful website for a couple weeks now and I am still at a loss over my pool, and I need to clear this up as it is time to cover it for the season. ( BOO)
Weeks ago I found a mustard algae problem, didn't know about this site then, and went to the pool store where they of course told me to put yellow rid and 5 gal of 12% chlorine and I should be all set! Well, low and behold, that didn't work and back it came again and again. I then went to the web and started research and found you (oh great pool people) and started reading and learning.
I didn't have a good test kit, only had strips and oto/ph kit to work with. I ordered the TF-100 and it arrived yesterday and I ran the tests but I'm not sure of the results but here they are.
CYA-60-90 3 tests all a little different
TA- couldn't get accurate reading, was greenish then turned yellow after 5 drops
CH- no accurate reading, 0 maybe
PH-off the chart, orange in color
While I was waiting for the kit I began dumping liquid chlorine in to get the levels up to shock level but I think I went too far and now I am at a loss at what to do.
I also might have leak as I had to put water I again this AM so my cya level should come down after that. I am only seeing dead algae on the bottom, I think, it settles into the center of the pool. I have been running my filter non-stop for weeks now.
I know that I need to do the OCLT test to prove no loss of chlorine to see if I still have algae but what else do I need to do?
I would appreciate any help from the experts!