I'm new here. I just found TFP and I'm trying to get up to speed as quickly as possible, please understand.
I need help. I bought a house with a pool and thought it would be so easy to take care of it. Well, it might be easy, but not for me, at least not so far. When I moved in I fired the Pool Guy because I wanted to handle it myself. I have to be honest, I neglected testing and maintenance for two months. Then I found out that my Chlorine went to zero and I have an outbreak of what I think is black algae.
I've been going to Leslie's Pool and getting all kinds of advice, but I just have a feeling that the right thing to do is take control of this now, and start a dialogue here, where I will feel much more comfortable with the advice that is offered.
Here are today's test results from Leslie's:
Acid Demand 1
I have been trying to stop the black algae from getting worse. I set my SWG to super-chlorinate and ran it non-stop for the past two days, after cleaning the cell because it stop working due to calcium build-up. I have been brushing the algae spots a few times per day with a wire brush, and I shocked the pool overnight Sunday July 7th. Today the manager at Leslie's said I need to add Muriatic Acid and I should reduce the setting on the generator to about 60% and run the filter/pump 8 hours per day. He is also telling me that I need to keep adding Phos Free at a rate of 2.5 capfuls per week. I know I need to check/clean/replace my cartridge filters, and I will do that soon. I also noticed this week that the pressure gauge/release valve on the filer is not functioning at all, so I have a new one on the way. My biggest concern right now is keeping the black algae from getting worse. I need advice on how to methodically go about getting rid of it, so I can get back to learning the basics of pool care and maintenance that I should have been doing two months ago.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can get me on the right path towards a balanced, happy pool.