I'm a bit of a mess here, but assuming my water is still cloudy in a couple days, then I'd like to know where to go next. Ok, here goes...
Dummy me didn't bother to get a pool cover at the end of last season. Figured whatever could go wrong, I could fix it with shocking and whatnot in the spring. Boy was I ever wrong. Apparently the PH shot up so high that I now have calcium scaling on my liner and steps. Before starting the shock, I managed to get the PH in line with acid. I spent days running a leaf rake and my rover to get all the **** off the bottom and started shocking/slamming. Then, in the midst of everything, my pump died. Luckily I have friends in high places and was able to get a spare for nothing. Also luckily... it was a month out of warranty, but the cat from Pentair that I talked to took care of me and sent me out a replacement (got it today finally). The other pump is still running, as I made a fail over system for my pumps... Now I have redundancy and if one goes down, I flip some valves and a switch and my pool is none the wiser. I managed to get in last weekend to try and get some of the scale off the liner and steps. I tried using a plastic spatula and while it was in fact working, it was not taking it off completely. I managed to get more off with my hands and fingers, so on a whim, I grabbed a wash rag and used that... got it off like a champ! well... as far as I could reach down anyways. So basically, I still have scaling all around the lower half of my pool. Now, here are where my questions start.
I am still in the shock/slamming process, BUT... my OCLT is a hair over 1... I gather that is because I have yet to move the steps and clean underneath there. I will do that tomorrow or Saturday when I have time.
Once I am done with this and the water is not clear, can I assume this is a calcium cloud or would it be dead algae that the filter is just not filtering out. I know adding a bit of DE could/would help the dead algae aspect, but would it help the calcium cloud?
Here are my #'s as of a few moments ago:
PH - 6.8 (on purpose for the calcium scaling)
FC - 1 (I'm about to go bring it back up to shock level)
CC - 1
CA - 140
TA - 70
CYA - less than 20... I'm thinking more like 10, but 20 is the lowest I can input.
Now, are all these #'s completely useless since I'm shocking or does that tell anyone anything? My CSI is negative, so that seems to make me wonder about it actually being a calcium cloud.
Any help/advice is appreciated!