History - Prior to reading this forum a week ago my method to clean/sanitize the pool was to add approx. 10 TriChlor tabs every week or two in addition to a pound of powder shock (Dichlor) every week or two. I only tested with strips and the cheap electronic tester once a week. Every year I only got a month and a half or so of good swimming out of the pool and the rest of the time I was fighting algae of every kind. I replaced my filter and pump which seemed to help for a while but still needed to drain the pool every other year or it got really out of control. I look back at how much time and money I wasted as was ready to sell the house and forget the pool until I read this site. Now I am invigorated and ready to get with the program.
These are my readings right now after starting a SLAM
CYA >200 - I cant tell if this a real reading because there is a lot of turbidity (cloudy white) in the water.
The high CYA wouldn't surprise me due to the constant usage of Pucks and Powder shock.
I would love to drain the pool right now but since it is in the middle of the summer I really cant do that so instead I am constantly backwashing and filling with tap water which in my location already has a high CH.
My plan right now is to continue with SLAM until I pass the test and continue to sweep and backwash which will hopefully flush some of the CYA and turbidity out. Also I am constantly running the aerator while running the filter to hopefully bring the PH up naturally.
Let me know if I am on the right track.
Thanks In Advance