I am new to pool ownership and learning a lot fast! A little history first. I purchased this new home in the winter and the pool was covered. Because of work travel and moving I wasn't able to open the pool until late May. It was BLACK about 3in of oak leaves, and lots of tadpoles. Much skimming, sweeping, and use of a leaf eater I got it to dark brown and maybe 80% of the debris out. I filled the pool with well water, (lucky my well has no iron) Being a noob I went to the pool store and had water tested. The advice was to shock the #$*& out of it with Dichlor and use an algicide then flock, vacuum to waste. Honestly it worked in clearing things up (see avatar photo) but CYA was now 120. I replaced about 30% of the water and got the CYA down to 80 FC at 5 using pool store. Turned SWG on and enjoyed the pool for a day before I had to leave town.
I bought a taylor 2006 kit before returning to the house. after 3 weeks. The pool was a brown mess... Skimmer was full of leaves. Tested the water and
Using pool math I added Muriatic acid to get PH to 7.2 then Baking Soda to get TA to 110
Started to SLAM Brought FC up to 24 and for two nights FC loss has been 6.2 & 5.8. Pool is very cloudy slightly green/yellow. It looks like I have Tannin staining too on steps and as a ring around the upper 8" or so (bleach will lighten the stains).
Filter has been cleaned once and pressure is rising again will clean it this afternoon.
I am being impatient... as I am here for only a week then will be away again for three-four weeks. The wife and kids would like to use the pool but it's not practical yet.
As I am leaving for a few weeks should I increase the SWG output? It was set on 2 last time but I still had an algae bloom. I don't expect it to be perfect when I return, but would like to have it in a condition I can clear up in a day or two. I have no problem getting up early, brushing, etc to make it happen....
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Current test levels
CC NOT TESTED
PH NOT TESTED CL too high
CYA 60 (due to vacuuming to waste)
SALT 3800 (ditto)
Thanks to all in advance!