So here in Dallas, we got massive amounts of rain through May. My backyard was frequently flooded and I got an awful lot of overflow from flower beds into the pool (I've never seen a skimmer full of tiny snails until now). Was only checking my FC, pH, and Alk for several weeks, and then as of last Friday / 4 days ago, I was adding CYA because I was well below 20 and Calcium Chloride because CH was in the 50-100 range (I was adding 5 drops at a time, and didn't want to go back and re-measure). Since that day, the only additions to the water were bleach through my feeder. Long story short, here's the current status as of today:
Water is cloudy, can only see the hose of the pool cleaner a few inches down.
Lots of "sediment" build-up on the steps and tanning ledge (where the Polaris doesn't get) that I'm constantly brushing because it's constantly re-settling there.
60sqft DE filter (on ~32k gallons) is requiring a soap/acid soak (still need to do this) as pressure builds up 10psi after 24 hours even after hosing the grids down (and grids are brand new as of 3 months ago), so a lot of "stuff" is still in the pool. I put in skimmer socks to take some load off of the filter.
Earlier this evening, CYA is 30 and CH is 180. pH is 7.5, FC is 12.5, CC is a solid 0, and alkalinity is 75.
Pump has been on 24/7 over the last month (sometimes high speed, sometimes low)
So, I don't think the cloudiness is because of CYA or Calcium additions, since those haven't been added in 4 days. And don't think it's because CH is too low (tell me if I'm off base here).
I don't think it's algae, because my FC is generally over 10, and, before I found TFP , when I had blooms, it was always on rough spots/grouting as that's where it got first hold. I don't have anything on walls or outside of "in the water" and collecting on steps/ledges and it freely gets swept away by just circulating the water above it with my hand. Though I guess it could be dead algae. No, I haven't ran an overnight FC loss test- doing that tonight. A few hours ago I dumped in 4 lbs of 65% cal hypo to get me over 16FC, which will get me very comfortably above the range for shock based on the CYA/FC chart. I'll test the water again before it gets too dark for the overnight test.
If I fail the overnight test, I've got organics so I'll commence a slam.
If I pass the overnight, it's either dead organics or "dirt" (it just doesn't look dark enough to be that), in which case it just needs a lot more time to filter.
In either case, it's going to take time to filter out (and a slam if necessary).
Anything I'm missing here?
Thanks for reading!