First time pool owner, I really appreciate all the info here.
When I bought the house the pool water looked great but being a newbie I called a recommended local pool service to help get me started. They came out and informed me that the TA was zero and the TDS and CYA was through the roof and they recommended that I drain the pool and start all over or I would be chasing it in circles all summer. I was scared to death of draining the pool because its fiberglass and read that was a huge NO NO but trusted them (siphoned out 90%) and had it refilled via tanker truck the next am with city water (i'm on a well) This was in April...
Since then I have been paying $30 a week for the pool guy to come out and test things and have noticed that other than him shocking it maybe once a month, I was basically paying for the dude to come out once a week and drop 1 or 2 pucks in the feeder as things were stable and my family enjoyed our pool basically everyday.
I found this site and am interested in doing the BBB Method but wonder if its a good idea to continue with the pucks but turn it all the way down (almost off) while using 8.5% bleach for my FC...I had a little outbreak of algae when I got back from a vacation and found the feeder was empty (pool guy swears he dropped a puck in it while I was gone... but algae disappeared after I dropped two pucks in and let the filter run for 24hrs. Noticed that it came back today so I shocked (or should I say sorta SLAMd) with 121oz of 8.5% Bleach. My concern with the BBB method is that it seems like the FC will be swinging up and down from day to day and do like the consistency of the puck feeder but understand that the building up of CYA will eventually cause me an issue.
My readings today before shocking were.
It was my first time using the test kit and I had a bit of a hard time deciding on which color it was closest to (sounds like I need to get a better kit as mine is the Total Poolcare DPD Test Kit from Leslies)
from what I have read on this site, I probably need to lower my TA, CYA will continue to climb if I keep using the pucks but everything else is pretty good...I have the filter timer set to come on from 8am to 2pm and back on at 8pm to 10pm (the thought being that the two hour night session filters out anything from swimmers and adds a little extra chlorine for the night
I'm in Charlotte NC and we have had tons of rain lately (the now ex-pool guy said they were having tons of algae issues around town because of that)
Any advise would be greatly appreciated!