I'm new to the forums after just now finding out about them. My wife and I purchased a house around five years ago that already had the Perma Suck System incorporated into the pool, and every five years has been a total nightmare opening up the pool. There has only been one successful year opening the pool up, and all the other years have been such time-consuming expenditures that we lost morale after going to the third pool store over the course of a single month and still having a swamp for a pool $400 later. This is the beginning of the fifth year, and I swore I would finally not let this pool win this year, but in order to do that I knew I had to switch up my methodology.
I read how concise you like for solution-seekers (like me) to be in the forums, and for that reason I just ordered the TF-100 test kit as this site recommends. I would absolutely, positively LOVE to come off the Perma Salt System by going to the BBB system, but I'm totally clueless when it comes to where to begin to start that phase-out and phase-in, what chemicals are needed, and the most efficient way to do it. I'm an intelligent person and a very fast learner, but, having no pool experience before buying this home, I am easily the poorest excuse of a pool owner in Tennessee as I am typing this, but I am determined and excited to get to know how to be totally fluent with taking care of my pool.
As I steadily read through the rest of the relevant articles in the Pool School part of this site, I wanted to ask a question that's more advice based and not chemically based (since I don't have the tester yet): My pool is very cloudy teal, it just got two gallons of bleach mixed in to it to deal with the algae (last piece of advice from the pool store before I finally started to try learning it on my own), and I'm waiting to see the results when it's light outside in the morning. I still have the original Preperate bucket, Activates and Klarates from Family Leisure for the Perma Salt System and have not added them in yet. Would now be the best time to start distancing the pool off this system (not use any of the Preperate, Activate, and Klarate), and if so, where should I go from here?
Or because I can't return these chemicals, should I go ahead and dump the preperate bucket into the pool, then start going towards a BBB setup?
Either way, getting my pool clear is going to probably be really easy for you pool gurus on here once I get the tester and report results (it seems like it would be the in your guy's top five challenging pools to me), so I'm really anxious to see my pool finally look normal, learn as much as I can from everyone, and do all that while being economical about it. This will be the only time I have such a lengthy post, but I wanted to explain why I'm in the situation I'm in. Thanks in advanced for your guy's help and advice.