I ordered my testing kit today, did a strip test this morning.
PH: in between 7.8-8.4
Not comfortable with these results that why I ordered the TF-100 XL
I have a 30ft AG, this is my 3rd summer w/ it. 1st year water was perfect. Used "backpacks" from the pool place where we got the pool. @ $20 a piece for the backpack, that had to be replaced every week and a half or so. Also you had to purchase a mineral pack ($100) every season to get the backpack to work correctly... 2nd summer was horrible, never got it to clear up and after spending $400 @ the pool store I decided I wasn't doing that again.
We recently finished the deck around the pool and this year I am determined to get it perfect where we can enjoy it!
Pool has never been covered in the winter, and last year I never got it stable to we pretty much just pulled the pump and filter and let it sit.
The Pump/Filter has not been reattached yet. We dumped the sand out last year, and it smelled like death. Where can we find filter sand and how much is it?
This year we are green with large island of algae floating around.
Question are as followes:
After pump and filter are reattached do we want to add the stabilizer 1st (granules) let that run for a week then start with the bleach?
Also when I vacuum do I want to run it on backwash until we are all clear of the algae?
I could have swore I remember them telling us @ "Pool School" where we bought the pool that if you have algae and it gets into your sand filter you will have to change your sand because it will just recirculate it into your pool, which to me makes since... but how else are you going to get rid of it?