I have a 24' above ground swamp. I've been fighting green algae all summer and finally changed the sand in the filter (twice....too much sand under the octopus thingey the first time). I've had the pool for 8 years and am of average pool intelligence. I have the good Taylor kit and try to avoid the pool store at all costs. I had it clear and drained it below the return (from vacuuming dead algae) and was about to put the cover on (trying to do it right this year so I'm not fighting this battle in the spring). I tested the water and it was off so I reluctantly filled it back up. Then it rained for 3 days and turned greener than ever. I shocked it but no difference. Even the water in the skimmer looks bad. I tested the ph and it's off the charts flourescent pink which has never happened before..its normally low when its off. I've added 2 pints of muriatic acid over two days and its still off the charts. I'm out of the CYA testing reagant and can't buy it locally. I really don't want to go to the hardware store for testing with my tail between my legs after telling them I didn't need all those expensive chemicals. I bought Aluminum Sulfate from the garden dept but can't find directions on how much to use. Floc is the only thing that cleared it up before (after shocking). Can I use the stuff from the garden dept? Its made for hydrangeas but was only $5.
Anyway, after reading several threads on here I'm tempted to just throw the cover on it and fix it in the spring.....I'm a single mom with 3 boys and I'm seriously tired of dealing with it. Did I mention I had to install a new liner this past spring? I couldnt find anyone to pay to do it so my kids and I did it. I also had to flip half the boards on my deck this summer because everything is falling apart around me......I'm way overdue for a margarita by the pool. Maybe next year.
So....does it make any sense to do all this work in October or should I just cover it and wait till April? (I'm in Atlanta by the way)
The grouchy swamp lady.