Ok, thanks for the detailed answers! I have to get more chlorine this morning, but I'll keep on going. Fingers crossed things will clear up soon! Thanks again!1 - Phosphates are not the problem. I haven't tested my phosphates in years. It's all about the algae and chlorine is the best tool
2 - All equipment will be purged by the proper amount of chlorine; that's part of the SLAM Process.
3 - You can leave the cover on for "part" of the day to help preserve FC during the SLAM Process, but the sun is required to help eliminate CCs. Nighttime doesn't really matter.
4 - CC levels aren't that critical. Some show very little during a SLAM. It varies.
5 - Never try to compare any level history with the pool store. Their testing and advice varies from TFP.
With the K-2006, you are in 100% control. If your CYA is currently accurate (very important), and you are maintaining the applicable FC SLAM level for that CYA, then algae cannot survive unless it has a place to hide. If you are brushing daily and doing all the other asks on the SLAM page, you will eliminate it.
Ok great! I have been cleaning the filter daily, even though the pressure doesn’t change much. The last two days, the filter has been bright green. I just still can’t believe we have an algae issue….our pool has always been blue (but cloudy), and multiple pool stores said the algaecide should take care of it all. Thank goodness I found you all! I can’t thank you enough for the help, and I’m so excited to be making some progress in the right direction!Unless you want to exchange water for fresh non-metals water, just disregard it for now. Iron comes from the well, copper is introduced from bad pool store products. But we can come back to all that later. A SLAM must always be done first. I can't see the stuff by your return jet, but if it's green and cloudy when brushed it sounds like algae that it getting past the filter. With heavy algae that can happen when the filter gets overwhelmed. So be sure to vacuum it up then rinse the filter as needed to remove it. You might want to double-check your CYA to ensure you are maintaining the proper FC SLAM level.
I think If you are keeping the cover on a lot it might keep the CC higher since the pool can't breath, but if you take it off for a few hours a day it should eliminate that problem. Not 100% on this, maybe a TFP expert can confirm? Either way if you keep at SLAM level for a few more days it should help kill any organics that might be pushing the CC up.(1) My CC has been stuck right at 1.5. I had the cover on most of today because it was raining, but have the sun on the water now. Anything I can do to decrease the CC? I’m keeping my FC at 16 (CYA is 37-ish, just retested last night).
Check the FC/CYA Chart to see where you should keep your CYA and FC. If your CYA was low during the SLAM, once you are done with the SLAM you'll want to increase the CYA; SWCG set ups usually require a higher CYA.(2) Can you give me an idea of what the next steps are, after finishing SLAM? I assume I let the chlorine fall to the 5-7 range (not sure that’s right if we have a SWG?) Do I test FC daily and add liquid chlorine if we get low? How high should I set my SWG? I assume I also do a full battery of tests and adjust ph/alkalinity/etc?
Not sure what to do on the metals, lets see what others think.(3) What do I do about metals? I had some, per a pool store test, prior to SLAM. I’ve had to add hose water a couple times (we’re on a well), so I assume my metals have gone up.