Hello everyone... I'm new to the forum (well I joined a while back... but not much posts) I was waiting on the short sale on this house... this is my first pool so I'm pretty new to this... I did watch a lot of YouTube videos to learn about balancing water.
We finally bought this house that had a neglected pool... WOW what a swamp it was... the winter cover was sinking, shredded by the bricks and cement blocks the previous owner used for "trying" to hold it down... plus I pulled out 13 bricks (so far) out of the shallow end of this pool. Tons of leaves on the bottom... along with earth worms and other small creatures. I dumped a bunch of chlorine into it to get rig of the algae, added algaecide, replaced the multi-port DVK-7 valve on the sand filter, replaced 350 lbs. of sand, added 12 lbs. of baking soda to raise TA, added 6 lbs. of Cyanuric Acid, new skimmer baskets, new skimmer weirs, and bunch of other small items/materials. The pool is looking a lot better... I also used a leaf bagger to remove the leaves from the bottom. The water is blue and still cloudy but it's getting better... I've been running the pump almost 24/7 for the past 5 days. I'm going to buy one of those "in-line" filters for the pool vacuum lines so I can vacuum the bottom again... last time the skimmer basket kept getting clogged with leaves and junk (the vacuum has an adapter that connects to the skimmer). I also added some clarifier to help with the cloudiness. So now I guess I need to keep the FC high until all the algae is gone (sometimes I will see some green algae floating on the top... they are small chunks that break apart if I try to fish them out with the net). I will also monitor the other chemicals. Any tips or recommendations for clearing up the water would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
FC = 20 (slamming the pool)
pH = 7.5
TA = 89
CH = 230
CYA = 10 (I will add more Cyanuric Acid to get it to 30)
I will also take a new sample to the pool shop and get new test results. I have the Taylor K-2006 (FAS-DPD) kit and also the Poolmaster 5-way test kit. I mainly use the K-2006 kit for testing. (the 5-way kit was my first one) Should I also get the K-2006 (Complete) Kit? or is that not necessary since I have the FAS-DPD kit?