Here in Eastern CT we had the pool store open our pool on Friday. (we are new owners as of last July, the pool store closed the pool last Fall and took the guts of the DE filter to be serviced bc the fabric was torn, etc) I used the TFP method all last summer for a beautiful sparkly pool (thank you thank you!).
The pool guy put "stuff" in the pool and said to show up at the pool store on Sat to have the water tested. In the meantime we figured out there was a part missing on our vacuum system, etc etc so I didn't do anything until Saturday morning. Here were my first readings:
temp: 48 degrees
I freaked out when I saw the CYA level - usually it is around 45 and climbed to 60 at the end of the summer (we have to use pucks during the week b/c this is a weekend house).
Using the calculator, I new the FC needed to get to 25/26 so I added 9 gallons of 5.25% bleach to get the FC up. I also added 3 cups baking soda and 5 cups borax (only half the amounts suggested). When checking the forums (after) I learned to just focus on FC for now - so I won't add more BS or Borax - but did read that the water temps may throw off readings. Is this true?
Last night 8pm FC reading: 26 cc: 0
This morning 8am FC reading: 29 cc: 0 (not sure how this could go up - there are no pucks in the skimmer, but the pump did shut off for a few hours in the early am - timer issue) so it had been circulating for maybe 30 mins before I took this reading.
The water is a little cloudy - and yesterday parts of it were not the pretty blue but shimmered a greeny shade so I know it isn't correct - and I vacuumed and scrubbed the sides/deep end pretty well. So, the question is - how can I not be losing any chlorine but the pool is cloudy?
The pool guy put in powdered chlorine and an algaecide (copper sulfate).
Also, there seems to be an oily film on the top of the water - Pool guy said it is probably from suntan lotion - could that be correct?
Right now I am not going to put any bleach in and will test later in the day - any other suggestions out there?
Happy Sunday - almost pool season!