I have a question I'm sure has been asked numerous times, but can't seem to find an answer that helps me.
I've been battling algae non-stop. When I try to vacuum, the dirty water blows right back into my pool via the jets.
My filter is clean, skimmer and pump baskets clean. When it's on a normal session of the filter running (usually 6-8 hours per day), the water coming into the little hot tub part is clear and looks nice. But when I try to vacuum the gunk off the bottom, it all blows back in.
I tested my water today, acid levels were fine (7.2), chlorine levels were fine, a bit on the high side because I shocked it (almost 3), total Alkalinity was at 100ppm, so right in the middle of fine.
I'm avoiding vacuuming to waste because of the water waste. Being in Southern California, and therefor a major drought, they're really cracking down on wasted water, plus raising water rates.
I've tried shock with built-in algaecide, plain ole shock, algaecide by itself, and now an algaecide plus clarifier.
I just can't seem to beat this algae, nor figure out why it all blows back in when I try to vacuum. The weather has been fairly hot, although this week it's finally been in the mid 70s, and where my house is on the hill we tend to run a bit hotter then the surrounding areas.
So, any ideas or helpful hints are welcome.