We purchased a new liner last April, and there are no more leaks! Yay!
However, our pool gets cloudy... alot. Last year I tested the water daily. I kept our FC at 5.0, and never, not once ever got a reading on CC. Sometimes it turned green, sometimes it turned brown, but the FC and CC were always constant. I'd lose a little FC every day, but never registered a lick of CC. I use the Taylor test kit K-2006. My readings today were:
My pool is in a very wooded area, with crape myrtle, pine, oak, gum, you name it... around. Pollen was always, everywhere. The only relief I found was the blue stuff (Blue clarifying stuff that I got from Walmart) combined with a skimmer sock that would clear it in 24 hours. The skimmer sock would get so clogged with yellow goop, that the skimmer would stop sucking! It worked, though, every time. Sadly every time was the entire summer and fall.
So I've convinced my husband that we have a filter problem and we need to deep clean it, and perhaps add more .. um ... sand.
So now here's the dilemma. I have a TA-60 sand filter with a top-mount valve. When we moved in 2 years ago, I replaced the valve, the sand, and any laterals that had broken. The filter at that time was spitting sand back into the pool. I cured that. When I replaced the sand, I replaced it with Zeo-sand. The filter calls for 325 lbs of real sand, which the merchant translated into half that - and then said we really only needed 150 pounds of zeo sand. I cut the pvc, replaced the valve, the sand, the laterals. Now, we have a new liner and absolutely zero water loss, but the water is cloudy.
We know we really need to clean the sand. We know we have a need to have clean sand all the time. I'll have to cut the pvc again to deep clean the sand, and make sure we have enough, and that it is clean. I'll install the pvc connections that can be opened and closed so I can do that each year.
My question is, is it worth it to go ahead and buy a new side-mount filter that gives me access to clean it when I need to? Is the ability to access my sand going to help me keep my pool clean all summer? And then, where can I get one for a REALLY good price?
Thanks in advance.