I have been a member since converting from baquacil several years ago. I have been extremely happy with the ease of caring for my pool using this system. I have never had an algae problem until now. I had a baby in the fall and was not able to take care of the pool and close it over the winter. Now I am trying to get in under control. I fully understand the process, but I am hoping for some suggestions of how to manage the initial cleanup with my limited time, again, due to the baby. I have vacuumed most of the debris out and I am ready to start shocking the pool.
My big problem is my DE filter. It won't run more than half an hour before the return flow is nothing. I can bump once or twice, but within an hour there is pretty much no flow and I have to change the DE again. I know this is doing what it is supposed to do, but I don't have the time to change the DE more than twice a day. Can I still work on shocking and killing the algae even if I can't keep the filter running? Or am I just wasting the bleach? Will all the algae eventually just die and then I can slowly filter it?
Are there any suggestions? I have not tested the water yet this year, but I can this evening if you want numbers.
Thanks for your help!
Ps. The I ring on the center post that the filter goes over broke. I am having a hard time finding a replacement locally. I have one that is a little too small and one that is a little too big. Not sure how much this will affect my filtering.