Quick background on pool:
9 years old
Mineral Springs Salt Pool. I started buying Leslie's Pool salt as it $8.00 a bag vs. Mineral Springs salt at around $33-$35 a bag. Should I not do that?
16x32 21000 gallons
Polaris 360 cleaner
Never covered opened year round swim about 4 months out of the year
Atlanta GA location
OK so after 8 years of trouble free pool this year has been a nightmare! Started in March trying to clean up pool for season. I remove the salt cell every year as I had one crack my 3rd year during the winter. I put a blank in and run pump with pucks in skimmer. Pool still turns brown from all the leaves that fall in and I get lazy and do not clean them out like I should. So in March I start dipping out leaves and adding algaecides. Water will not clear up went from dark green to a tea brown. Real bad staining on stairs and liner. I have had the staining on the stairs for about 2 years. Treat it with "Pool Stain Treat" and stairs cleanup. So I go to pool store and buy all their suggestions: Metal Free, Jacks magenta stuff, Leslie's Stain remover, Leslie's Chlorine remover, BioGuard Sparkle-UP, tons of shock, Nothing is working. My salt reading was 3100 and my TDS was at least 5000 as their machine did not go any higher. So Im not sure if it was higher than that. This is why I drained pool. With all that being said here is my concern.
Right after I drained pool I immediately started filling it backup as I read horror stories about pool walls collapsing, water getting behind liner, having to readjust liner, liner tearing. So I did not have anything to remove the stains on stairs and deep-end of pool. Pool is almost full now and I think I got lucky and have 1 18" crease under diving board on wall and 1 6" crease by stairs in deep-end. Should I be real concerned about the creases? And how much metal am I reintroducing to pool by treating the stains on the stairs, deep-end of pool, and anything that might be in sand filter? Should I use a bottle of Metal Free and if I do will I have to continue using that for now on. I hope I did not ramble to much.
Thank you for any comments