Opening our pool...

astrong

Well-known member
May 3, 2015
62
Savannah, GA
Im back! So, please dont be to hard on me. Yesterday I started the dreadful journey to clearing our swamp of a pool!
We opened a business in June of last year it has consumed me so our poor pool was left unattended. I spend more time painting furniture and than i do thinking about our pool. Honestly..... i want to think about coming home to a sparkling pool.
I am ashamed of it. I put it off. But i want to gain control of it again. Ok, I have so far used 11 gallons of bleach and this is my progress.
Its cloudy! I know that means I'm killing the algae. Yay right! ;)

Here are my results right now
FC 18.4
CC .6
TA 20
CH 50
CYA 10
PH 7

I tested using what i had on hand last night. Im on my way to get new reagents today.

We are loaded with pollen here in Savannah GA area so it is not pretty.

Im brushing, stirring, backwashing and hoping to fight the good fight.

This is our 3rd year. Never been this bad. What do y'all suggest based on my results?



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madwil

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May 2, 2011
370
lebanon tn
You are on the right track. Just maintain F.C. Around 10 and keep brushing daily. Run filter 24/7 and backwash as needed. May take a while. Several days at least. After clear bump up cya to about 30 or 40.
 

madwil

Well-known member
May 2, 2011
370
lebanon tn
My experience is after initial balance and cleaning the pool takes 5 min a day and maybe an hour on the weekend to vac. Hope the new pool is as easy
 

astrong

Well-known member
May 3, 2015
62
Savannah, GA
2 days! Here we are!
Current readings....

FC 15
CC 2
TA 40
CH 50
PH 8 (seems to spIke when SLAM) drops to normal after
Cya maybe 10 (adding more its hanging in a sock) (will retest next week)

Temp 66 brrrrrrr!

Had to fight off the pool store guys yesterday. Bombarding me. No! I DO NOT NEED YOUR SERVICES ;)


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Mr Bruce

TFP Guide
Mar 24, 2014
2,093
Greenville, SC
You can skip all the tests during a SLAM except FC and occasional CC, especially pH since the test is invalid with a FC > 10.

Looking good, don't forget to brush!
 

astrong

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May 3, 2015
62
Savannah, GA
Its still cloudy and we're on day 9. Still cant see the bottom

Results
FC 20
CC .5
PH 7
CYA 30

Still backwashing and brushing!



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zea3

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Jul 10, 2009
10,964
Houston, Texas
Its coming along nicely. Have you been vacuuming the pool too? That will get out any debris that has settled on the bottom of the pool.
 

astrong

Well-known member
May 3, 2015
62
Savannah, GA
Well I can see the bottom! Needs to be vacuumed again. ;) I had to add a tad bit of clarifier to make the small particles big enough to be caught in the filter. 3 weeks of straight filtering 24 hrs a day and we can see the bottom!
My son (18yrs old) volunteered to get in and vacuum up the center debris. And we have progress!
Our numbers are good now if the water would get warm!
FC 20
keeping it higher to be sure its clean ;)
CC 0
Ph 7.4
TA 60
CH 50
CYA 40
Temp 62 degrees brrrrrrr
A bazillion gallons of pool grade bleach (10%)
And i think its almost there!
Can not wait for pool weather!
I will update the final sparkling clean outcome soon!




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