Opened my pool cover (thanks to the cover, there wasn't a lot of leaves) this weekend to discover the water green. It is a In ground pool, DE filter and is about 10,000 gallons. Got the pump working and added 5-6 scoops of chlorine and kept back washing every 2-3 hours and adding DE after each backwash. After a few hours, the pool color started changing and becoming lighter. I also kept brushing to get the algae mixed in water so it would get filtered away.
I've had the pool for 3+ years and the only thing I do is add is chlorine and acid, but I've had a tough time to keep water blue. Pool is my weekend home in Van Alstyne TX (near Plano, TX) so want a good way to keep pool clean and blue. I installed a chlorinator last year as I was told that it will constantly keep adding chlorine and I also use one of the floaters with chlorine tabs.
Now that I discovered this site, I realize how little I know about chemicals and pool maintenance. I just ordered the TF-100 kit as I just have a simple one that measures chlorine and acidity. This will come in April 20th.
There is so much to read that I'm afraid its brain overload. Can I make it simple and just post what the readings are and can someone point to where I can read on how much and what chemicals to add to get pool back in swim safe state and after that what I need to do to keep pool in good shape ?
Apart from the chlorinator, are there any other things I can use that will keep clean for 2 weeks if I can't make it for a weekend ? Shocking the pool each time its turns green has cost me a lot of money.
Thanks in advance for those who reply. I appreciate your time in reading a member's post and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.