I have read enough here that I SHOULD have a good grasp on the methodology and procedures for the SLAM. However, I can't find info on whether or not I need to vacuum the dead algae to waste. In the past, I've had algae growth on the seams, which points to mustard algae. I'm still waiting on my test kit, which should be here in 1-2 days. This past weekend, I added the amount of bleach recommended to get my FC reading up and my strip test kit finally showed a FC reading for the first time in 2 seasons (yay!). This morning, I have what seems to be dead algae (cloudy substance, breaks apart easily, grayish color) accumulating on the bottom of the pool (and I still have a FC reading on the strip ). I can only assume once I properly SLAM the pool that there will be more accumulation of the dead algae, based on what happened last night. Is this something I need to vacuum to waste? It seems to be a very fine substance and I'm not sure if my sand filter will catch it or not. Just trying to get prepared before the SLAM process and will need to add quite a bit of water if I'm going to be vacuuming to waste again.
Of course, there is the slight possibility that the accumulation of substance I've had on the bottom of the pool since last year could be pollen. I've seen a TFP Expert with the screen name "duraleigh" I think on here, maybe it's "duraleigh jim". If I could somehow tag him, maybe he could assist on ruling pollen out since we are in the same area and pollen counts are pretty low this time of year in central NC.