Hello to you all. I am new to forum and have finally found a place where I can find answers to my pool problems.
We opened our pool a couple of weeks ago and after using chlorine (sock-it)and the other "stuff" that we always have used, (around $150), (my better half does this), the water is still cloudy and kinda yellowish.
My husband saw the pool guy that takes care of my next door neighbor's pool on Thursday and got him to come take a look at ours. He immediately, (and I DO mean immediately) said that we had mustard algae. He said that he would bring, on Friday, three bottles of something that would rid us of it @ $25.00 a bottle. Our pool is an L-shaped, 43' long X 28' at the widest, vinyl liner, and I think it's about 40,000 gal. Anyhow, he didn't show up and the water hasn't changed since then.
I've been doing internet searches most of the day and finally found this place. PLEASE help me!!! I have never heard of using just plain old laundry bleach before, until I read comments on this site. Is that right? and how much should we use?
According to the test strips that we used, our pH is 6.8, our FC is 0.5, our TA is 80, and our stabilizer is below 0. And did I read on this site that Borax is used? What is it used for? Please direct me to the information about using those household products; I'm tired of searching and would really appreciate some direction.
I'm starting to think that we might be better off just draining and refilling, but would like to avoid doing that if there is a better solution. I need to mention too that last year some leaves got into the pool and left a pretty nasty stain that didn't come up all season long. I just know that when we get the water clear, those stains will still be there. What, if anything can we do about them?
Thank you so much for being here. Just wish I'd have found you sooner.
[Edit:jjparrish: Edited for eye breaks]