1. New homeowner. Pool was neglected for a month as we couldnt move in immediately. Pool was taken good care of by previous owner.
2. It turned into a green pool. Immediately contacted "pool company". They came every week and did their stuff but we were still not living in the new house so I didnt see what they did and I didn't do anything. Every week they charged $150+ and it wasnt improving. After moving in and spending 650 bucks on them, I couldnt afford more. ( In all fairness, I realized they couldnt fight a green pool by just coming 10 mins weekly while I did nothing)
By then I had read everything online about pool, read books from lib, and poolSchool here. On their last visit I tagged along and saw where is my filter, how to turn it on etc.
3. Day 1: I backflushed DE filter as the pool guys had told me ( bump few times, open valve, add some DE) every 1 hr.
Day 2 morn: Read the DE manual and learnt proper full backflush. Added 2 gallons of liquid chlorine at night. Brushed whatever I could, couldnt see bottom even on shallow end.
Day 2 evening: Kept backflushing like crazy coz the pressure would go up almost immediately. Add 2 more gallons liquid chlorine at night. Brushed. It was much better. Some green at bottom and cloudy water but not opaque!
Day 3: Went to pool store and bought the only robot vacuum they carry. I was desperate. Vacuumed 3 times. Backflushed once. Could see bottom!
Day 4: No more chemicals, just cleaned morning evening. Water was blue and clear. Have attached picture.
Ok now my water is clear and I finally got my TF50 kit ( I should have ordered TF100 ).
I tested today:
CFD: FC= 2 ppm
CYA =0? ( Nothing happened to black dot at all!!)
Ph ( using test strips as I can't find "OTO test kit" in walmart) = Just below ideal range
After testing, I opened the chlorinator and it was empty. So filled it up with 3" chlorine tablets and added 2 more tablets in skimmer. Added 1.5 cups of alkanity increaser. ( They left tons of chemicals).
Backflushed DE filter. Vaccuumed. Pool water sparkles.
What do I do now?
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