Been taking care of a pool for 12 years, sometimes with issues, so finding this forum is great!
I have a Loop Loc cover, so the water is always green when opening.
Been three days. Shocked all the green out of it but VERY cloudy.
Any additional chlorine I add in turns milky white for a while, which is something I've never experienced!
I currently have it in recirculation and poured in de-floc. Soon I will turn off and let sit for 24 hours.
I got test results from local Bio-Guard dealer. I will test myself soon buy my Taylor kit plastic tube part is old and worn so not trusting it.
I was interested in CYA, that is why I took water to be tested.
All chlorine I put in is basically eaten up immediately. It's never taken me so much chlorine (di-chlor granules and Bio-Guard Smart Shock) to get the green out.
I did learn the lesson about de-floc a few years ago so not surprised to have to do this.
FC = 0.3
CC = 10
pH = 7.6
TA = 192 (although my dip strips say it's fine so not sure what to trust here, will test again)
CH = 194
CYA = 71 (although my dip strips say it way low so that is why I went to the pool store to start with)
So...I think what I am working on is the free chlorine / combined chlorine issue AFTER this defloc and vacuum to waste is complete. I've never had that so out of whack.
I would appreciate any advice for what to do next after I get through the de-floc. Will de-flock alone help the CC problem?
Also, I appeciate the recommended levels on the forum...but why are they so different from what Bio-Guard recommends? Specifically for CYA they say 30-200 (versus 30-50), for TA they say 125-150 (versus 70-90...or 100-120 for dichlor like I use), for CH they say 200-275 (versus 250-350).
I have always thought I maintained perfect chemistry...but more years than not I have battled algae (builds up in "crevices" on the pool surface) after the halfway point of the season. I am very interested in doing things this year like the Pool School says because I'd like to get back to the trouble free years like when the pool was 0 - 5 years old.
Thanks in advance for any help on next steps with my specific issues, and insight on the recommended levels. Thanks!!