New to the forum, and not sure where to put this.
A little background on me.
We have had an IG pool since 2007. Up until this year I have had no issues that I was not able to manage on my own, or so I thought. I drain the pool about every 3 years and refill as we have hard water and I thought I was doing the right thing.
After scouring this forum it may appear that I was sadly misled and ill-informed -- by heading to Leslies and having the water chemistry checked vs me doing it myself. Relying on Leslie's for chemical guidance seems now - a bit short sided.
We have an IG pool with the following:
Pebblesheen with a spa that runs off into the pool. 3.5 ft on one end and 7.5 ft on the other. Contstruction was done by a local company that did excellent work. So no complaints there.
Hayward Tristar pumps (2) -- for pool and spa and sheer falls (2)
Hayward 400k heater
It didn't take much time to convince me that I have been approaching pool care and management all wrong - so I did purchase the recommended pool chemistry tester from TFT. It will be here in a few days.
Current water stats:
Continual Algae growth that keeps coming back
Approx 16000 gallons
Current Chemistry per Leslie's as of yesterday:
I have been using the following to manage the pool chemistry:
3 tabs in floater
1 to 2 bags shock weekly
1 bag about every week and a half of an oxidizing agent to free up inactive chlorine
Brush bottom and sides of pool a few times a week, clearing debri from surface.
According to Leslie's most people in the central valley area of Northern Ca are all having the same issues that I am... but there has to be a better way to do the necessary - in order to keep my pool a bit more trouble free.
I have in the past ( per the recommendation from a pool guy ) put in PR-10000 to curb algae food source ( phos )... but it looks like a lot of folks here poo poo that whole thing...
So what I is some recommendations, guidance and YES I have read the other posts and threads here - but I need a baseline specific to my current equipment, current chemistry etc... so any assistance is very appreciated.