Hi all -this is a terrific site. I've been renting a house this season that happens to have come with a pool. My landlord didn't seem to know much about pool maintenance. "Just put these pucks in this floater and keep it full". Um, ok, I'm sure there's a little more to it than that. So, me being the person I am, got a test kit and did a bunch of research and stopped using the pucks (a little late, my CYA is at 90 already), but I've been battling what I think is minor outbreaks of mustard algae. Now that I've got the chemistry under control and can take care of it properly, I have a couple of questions:
1.) I've only been using washing soda to raise Ph from the very beginning of the season. Is it safe to assume that my borates are effectively zero?
2.) If I add boric acid now, with the season coming to a close, will the borates remain in the pool through the winter, or are they consumed like CYA?
I'm trying to determine if adding borates now is a good idea since it will likely help with the very minor algae issues or if I should just wait until next season.