I'm a few days into the SLAM process and feeling like things are stalling and would love some input/advice/feedback on what I may be doing wrong.
Our pool has stayed open for the past 2 winters and I never did get it revived last year (we're renovating the house it's at, so we live down the street right now and the pool was not a priority last summer). But we're a month or so from moving in so I want to get things cleaned up for this summer. However not covering the pool for the last 2 winters means come construction debris, sand, and lots of leaves made it's way to the bottom. I've gotten a TON out since the spring, but am still struggling with just a few leaves showing up whenever I brush the deep end, and there's a consistent layer of sand (dead algea from SLAMing?) on the entire pool bottom.
I started SLAMing on Wednesday and the pool was a dark, murky swamp. So all things considered, we've made decent progress. Right now I can see the shallow end to the bottom, although it is cloudy and I see the layer of sand/dead matter at the bottom.
I've been trying to get the FC to shock level at 12 consistently about 2-3 times a day, and this morning FCT was 3.5. I added the needed bleach, then at 3pm my readings were...
I am almost out of bleach so I didn't bring it back up to 12 again (going to buy some in the morning, and right now it's pouring down rain so maybe just as well?), but I did add about 2.5 lbs of stabilizer to get my CYA up. So am I on the right track? This is my 3rd attempt to get it right this summer and each time I get a few days in, get tired of spending $$ on bleach or get busy and can't get out to the house enough, and it's back to square one. So I'm determined not to let it all go again, but I feel stuck. It's definitely gotten clearer from where I started but now the last 2/2.5 days have seemed the same. I'm vacuuming, brushing, shocking, etc. Do I need to bring my pH up a bit?
Help! I just wish we'd drained and started fresh...so frustrating!