I so wish I had found you guys last summer! I travel up North for the summer and while my husband was up vacationing with me in July 2013, he had a heart attack (he's doing great!) and had to stay the summer up there. We had a friend who used to have a pool watching it for us--basically adding chlorine and shock, but, he ended up getting two detached retinas and couldn't drive. The other person watching our yard had no pool experience, but, I knew we had problems when she said the sides of the pool felt slimy when she swam. So, it was no surprise when we got home after Labor Day and the pool was full of colors I had never seen before.
When the easy to clean up algae was gone we were left with slightly cloudy water, scale at the water level, a silty mess that never quite vacuums/filters out and black algae spots, which we have never seen before. The pool store told us to brush, brush, brush and put in a special algeacide, but, after 5-6 months, we still have some black algae spotting. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I found you guys, ordered the pool test kit and have switched to a SS wire brush, not the nylon I had been using all fall/winter!
So, here are my initial test results:
I used the pool math page to see what needs to be done, but, I am not sure what I should do first. Seems as if getting the FC and CC up is most important. Suggestions?
I see you recommend bleach instead of the gallons of chlorine from Home Depot--what's the reason? I haven't found an answer to that yet?