Need some pool advice for a Northern NY pool.
The direct question is – Will I damage/stain my vinyl pool if I close it with a slight algae problem? Or what will the damage be if I kill the algae but don’t vacuum it out?
Here is the long story……
Our pool hasn’t been used since the week after Labor Day weekend, but I have been maintaining the levels just in case. Well about two weeks ago, we decided that fall was definitely here and my wife scheduled the PB to come and close the pool. The fee was $180 to pull the ladder, drain the equipment and put the cover on. I thought it was a bit steep, but since I hadn’t closed my pool before and I didn’t want to freeze any pipes I decided to let them do it. It was originally scheduled for today.
On Monday I pulled the solar cover off and noticed that there were lots of leaves, some green algae and dirt so I started cleaning up the mess. I guess I didn’t use enough chlorine and the algae took off with a vengeance once the sunlight hit it. I called the PB and canceled the closing yesterday morning and indicated that I would call them back to reschedule once I had a handle on my water.
I came home for lunch today to find out that low and behold the technician didn’t get the message and showed up this morning while no one was home and started closing the green pool. He pulled the ladder, drained the water (not below the skimmer), installed a plug in the skimmer, winterized the pump/filter/heater, and decided that I would buy 10 new water bags from him. The only thing he didn’t do was put the winter cover on because it wasn’t near the pool, I had just bought a new cover and it was still boxed up in the house. Now I have a winterized pool with an almost resolved algae problem and some leaves in dirt in it.
Now I figure I have 3 options –
1. Drain the remaining water, cover the pool and call it a season?
2. Finish killing the algae using my small pool cover pump to circulate the water throughout the pool, clean it the best I can with just the hand skimmers, cover and call it a season?
3. Open everything up (Edit - finish killing the algae and cleaning the pool properly) and close it myself.
Will I damage/stain my vinyl pool if I close it with a slight algae problem? Or what will the damage be if I kill the algae but don’t vacuum it out?
Current Pool Levels
CL = 22 ppm
CC = 0
TC = 22 ppm
pH = 7.6
TA = 80
CYA = 70
What is the best thing to do?