I went on vacation for a week with no one to look after my pool. Not surprisingly I came home to very cloudy water. However, I see this episode as a blessing in disguise. Discouraged by the high expense of chemicals and poor results I was getting following the advice from the pool store, I started searching the internet for help a couple days ago and found troublefreepool.com! I wish I had known about this place years ago!
I ordered a good test kit and just received it in the mail today so here's my first set of results.
When I got home from vacation this past Sunday the water was very cloudy. During the week I have gotten the water to clear up quite a bit but it is still just a little bit cloudy. I used up the 3 bags of powdered "shock" I had left. Since then I've just been running the SWG 24/7. FC is gradually coming up and CC gradually going down.
Ever since opening in the spring I've had trouble keeping the CYA up. With the SWG I'm targeting 80. Based on the pool store tests it was only at 80 once. Every other time I had it tested it was low. Today my wife took in a sample and they got 60 for CYA. As you can see I only got about 20. I hope I'm doing it right. I did it twice.
The other problem I'm having is foamy water. Whenever air enters through the filter or swimmers splash around in the water it foams up. It's pretty much been that way since I opened this spring.
Any advice you can give me at this point would be greatly appreciated.