Hi Everyone, first post here, so go gently on me
I recently relocated to FL and am currently renting a house with a 12-13k inground gunite pool with a cartridge filter. Weekly pool care is included in my rent. Last weekend I went out of town and came back to a bad algae bloom. Greenish in color and enough that I couldnt see the bottom in the shallow end (~3ft deep). I called the property management company, and they got a hold of the pool guy, who came that afternoon. It was unclear to me if he had actually come the week before. So I dont know weather poor maintenance or the tons of rain we had gotten (or a combination of both) were to blame for the algae bloom. He treated the pool with yellow out (i think he called it) and a bunch of granulated chlorine. He never measured anything, just said he kinda knew how much he needed to put it. He brushed the pool also and the algae started to cler almost immediately. This was monday afternoon and his normal service day is thursday. He said he would shock the system again at that point. Well, I am not sure if he came again...no evidence of the pool having been brushed or vacummed. The water is pretty clear, not pristine, but I would swim in it based in appearance. My wife and 11 month old daughter will be moving down permanently next week, so I need to make sure everything is good to go when get down here.
Today, I took a water sample down to the local leslie's. The guy didnt do all the measurements, but enough to really make me concerned. Here is what I got:
The Leslie's guy said to take care of the TA issue was the first thing to do as it can cause false readings of PH....(is that true??) He said that the FC was fine, but looking at the CYA/Chlorine chart by Chemgeek, if the CYA is 100, then my target FC should be around 12.
I am planning on taking up my concerns to the property manager, and I would like to be able to speak a bit more intelligently about pool maintenance and what needs to be done to get the pool healthy and keep it there. So, if anyone can help me sort through the issues, it would be greatly appreciated.