Last summer I couldnt get my pool right... I miscalculated getting the CYA up and ended up with a cya of 100 with an algae bloom... very short swimming season here (at least in my pool). At the start of getting the pool ready this year we mostly drained and refilled... getting the cya down to 0 still had algae in the pool. Last summer everytime I would add DE to the skimmer it would blow back into the pool... Ended up with probably 20lbs of DE in the bottom of my pool. This year I opened up my filter an half my grids were broken... ordered new ones and began slamming my pool using the pump mainly for circulating the water. When the new grids came in I replaced them and primed my filter. Then I started vacuuming up everything on the bottom... By this point the water was clear but the bottom was the problem. I had to backwash the filter several times in my 2 hour vacuuming session then opened up the filter and cleaned the grids. They were so caked with DE at this point (within 24 hours of replacing the grids). So not I had a clear pool with only rocks in the bottom (leaf rake broke so i cant scoop them out and the 2 times in 2 days that the kids have been in the pool they havent gotten the rocks out). FC is holding steady occasionally dropping .5 ppm below min.. I added CYA enough to go to 30 but only registering at between 20-25. I dont have the full tf100 kit yet... What I do have is the chlorine test from that kit (bought on its own) a 5way test, and a CYA test kit.
PH-8.2 (gone up since ive been working on everything)
TA-140 (I know I need to drop this)
unfortunately the day after I cleaned out my filter my pump motor died. so the only circulation anything is getting is brushing and kids playing in the pool. The landlord has a call in about the pump so I am just having to wait on it. I am only having to add about .5 gallon of liquid chlorine a day (my non pushy pool store sells 2 bottles of 10% for less than $7... with regular specials of $4.99 for the same thing... i stocked up) is the brush and kids eough to work on my PH/TA issue or should I just keep the chlorine stable till my pump is fixed?