Hey guys i've been a BBB pool owner since i got my pool almost 3 years ago. I have read and paid attention to most of all the posts and all has been well. WEELLL, this year I am having a problem that I can't seem to get on top of. I kind of let things go this winter and decided that I needed to get things cleaned up while the temps were still cool and save myself some headache doing it with warm temps on the way. To set the stage in the fall to get to the point I'm at now, no pool cover, pecan and oak trees, and I lower the water and drain the filter and pump so i don't have to run them this winter. Well now you see the stage set for the disaster.
I have been running shock levels and the pump for going on 4 weeks now and still have a green pool. It is a lot better but I am at a point of diminishing returns on my labor. Things are a lot better but not clear and sparkly like I am used to.
Algae killed off my cya and it is showing up as "0".
Chlorine level is 10 and holds pretty well on cloudy days.
Alk = 80
Ph = 7.6
Recap: I have been at this routine for almost 4 weeks. I am having to yo-yo shock levels because of tests I have. I have added a lb and 1/2 of stabilizer. I also have worked my alk up and ph from initial startup where they were low. I know i need to add more stabilizer but I'm concerned about the cold water and the test not being accurate.
I am beginning to think that I might have introduced metals into my water thru my city water system because when I go back to shock level things get worse instead of better. We changed our city water provider last year and the water is noticeably different in terms of taste and smell. I also have some staining of the steps that I thought was algae but I am not sure now with what I have going on. I have never used anything but bbb and Polyquat to treat this pool.
Questions; What would you do? Check for metals? How? Or am I just dreaming this is the problem. I do know that the first thing I need to do is get the TF100!!!!!