First year pool owner. I've read through Pool School countless times and done a variety of searches, but haven't seen an answer to this specific situation.
I recently went through my first battle with algae. We had a big storm blow through on Tuesday and found my skimmers filled with leaves on Wednesday afternoon. Pool was cloudy, but I decided to let it ride out the night with the pump running non-stop only to find it worse when I got home yesterday. I shocked with bleach last night, boosted it back up this morning and my water is now back to crystal clear. I think I was very fortunate to catch this so early. I still have to get through an OCLT tonight, but assuming I pass, I've seen varying advice on when to turn by SWG back on? Some say to turn it back on once I pass the OCLT since my FC level will drift back down naturally over a few days. Others recommend leaving it off until back in my target range. Logically, I think the latter makes more sense (leave the SWG off until back in target range), but my analytical side wants to know for sure. If I pass the OCLT and turn my SWG back on tomorrow morning, wouldn't I effectively be holding my FC level constant from that point on? Isn't that the goal of the SWG, to replenish FC levels to the target range each day? Conversely, if the consensus is that my FC level will continue to drift down even with the SWG on, then what prevents me from ultimately going below the target range?
Thanks in advance for satisfying my curiosity.