I've got a ton problems all at once. My main problem is taking the time to do everything. If you have suggestions or reprioritization please reply!
Problems (in rough order of priority)
1. 20' tall blossoming cherry tree right next to our pool is ready to "drop the load"...
Leaves are starting to fall and there are hundreds on the way in the next week or two.
PLAN: Winter pool cover on. Yes, it will get chlorine and lots of rain on it. Fall wind and cooler temps + rain make this a big contributor to algea and general organic gook in the pool That's why I'm putting this as number 1.
ISSUE: Bleach with cover on can't be good. I'll try keeping concentration away from the cover (temporary pull back near our return).
2. Green algea is blooming again.
PLAN: a. I've got bleach chlorine cranked to 10++ PPM (likely 15-20PPM) and will keep putting in up to 1/2 bottle bleach each day.
B. Vacuuming & filtering daily until grean turns cloudy gray then at least mostly clears out. One trick is I'm using our
ISSUE: I need to skim out leaves and brush bottom more frequently .
ISSUE?: I'm not backwashing my filter. I figure extra residue will help filtration and 6% bleach pured into skimmer is likely keeping the algea killed in the filter... but your input is appreciated if you have experience indicating otherwise.
QUESTION: If I use algecide do I have to get clear clean water first?
3. I don't have a good test kit yet.
I tried ordering from TFP once, but PayPal didn't like it and I forgot to follow-up . Good news is for Algea I just need lots of chlorine. (maybe PH is important?)
PLAN: Keep using strips, over-chlorinate to manage problem #2. Order TFP kit soon (maybe tonight, maybe sometime next week... it depends on how much I do on higher priorities + playing with kids, dear wife, dogs, and helping clean the house.
4. I want to close the pool
Pool temp is about 50 degrees now and it won't get any warmer until next spring. Algecide will cut my time down dumping bleach and filtering daily
PLAN: Do 1 through 3 first. Then drain below skimmer, add algecide and hand mix, drain/disconnect filter and pipes, and other normal steps. (I'll check other posts to make sure I'm not forgetting anything important.)
5. I never finished my solar panel installation
PLAN: Postpone until next spring.
From reading lots of other posts I understand that cleaning water BEFORE closing is really important. However I'm very worried that I will spend all winter cleaning the pool (and worrying about freezing perhaps late November). I'd prefer getting everything done in the next week or two.
Per sig I have 12'x24' AG in Seattle area. It will rain until May (with a few frosty clear days thrown in for fun). I'll start in on #1 now (and fixing my daughter's bicycle breaks). Let me know what you think. I'll post some photos once I'm past the fall pool closing panics.