I'm SO glad to have found you guys! I bought my TF Test Kit early this week, and when it came in tonight I was like a little kid again, rushing out to play with my new chemistry set.
My pool is about 4 years old now. The first two years I hired a professional pool guy who knew his stuff. My pool was perfect. Unfortunately, my Dad went on disability permanently and with that a fixed income. So, we made a deal, he would try to keep up the pool, and I would help him with the bills. Taking care of the pool can't be that bad, right?
2 years later, we fight way too hard to keep the pool clear. One small slip-up, and it's green with algae. We check chlorine daily, and it's low. We're turning up the chlorinator, dropping tabs in the main skimmer, shocking it, etc... I feel like we're constantly "playing defense", and are never able to get in front of it. Dallas, TX is hot, of course, and we've had weird rain lately with it raining one day a week, the past 8 weeks. So, that seems to have made it even more erratic.
I've now bought all the chemicals and materials you guys suggested, replaced the Polaris (it was about worn out), and changed out the filters in the pump. Now, to get my head wrapped around the chemistry of maintaining my pool.
Doing my tests today, here's what I have:
Any advice on steps to get back on track?
Thanks so much all!