Forum Title: Opening pool algae question
Hi Just a little confused about the order of things when pool is filled with algae. ( last 2 years I opened the pool was clear. Don't know what happened this past winter) So I know how to deal with the algae from reading through this site. (SLAM) But wasn't sure if I start with the SLAM or try to adjust my other stuff and then SLAM. I took a water sample yesterday and got CC 0, PH 7.5, TA 30, CYA 25, CH 100. I'm sure the numbers will change once I have the pump running for awhile. From reading through this site I read to lower PH to around 7.2 before SLAM. Also that with such low TA won't my PH jump around. Basically my question is in what order do I fix things at opening when I have a pretty bad algae problem? Also I have a DE filter, will the algae screw up my filter since I have to add DE powder to it when I start it. this is what I was planning. 1. Scoop out as much solids as I could. 2. Start pump, add DE. Let run for a few hours. 3. Brush walls 4. Backwash as needed. 5. Retest water. 6. Adjust TA 7. Adjust PH 8. SLAM until clear
Category: pool Post By: TRACEY QUINN (Pinellas Park, FL), 03/06/2019

avelino said: Hi Just a little confused about the order of things when pool is filled with algae. ( last 2 years I opened the pool was clear. Don't know what happened this past winter) So I know how to deal with the algae from reading through this site. (SLAM) But wasn't sure if I start with the SLAM or try to adjust my other stuff and then SLAM. I took a water sample yesterday and got CC 0, PH 7.5, TA 30, CYA 25, CH 100. I'm sure the numbers will change once I have the pump running for awhile. From reading through this site I read to lower PH to around 7.2 before SLAM. Also that with such low TA won't my PH jump around. Basically my question is in what order do I fix things at opening when I have a pretty bad algae problem? Also I have a DE filter, will the algae screw up my filter since I have to add DE powder to it when I start it. this is what I was planning. 1. Scoop out as much solids as I could. 2. Start pump, add DE. Let run for a few hours. 3. Brush walls 4. Backwash as needed. 5. Retest water. 6. Adjust TA 7. Adjust PH 8. SLAM until clear Click to expand... Sounds like a good plan. I would only add enough baking soda to raise TA to 50ppm or so at first. What is your fill water TA? What test kit do you have, I don't see one in your signature.

- ANNA SANCHEZ (Jonesboro, AR), 03/31/2019

Thanks for the quick response. I have the TF-100. I keep the pool just about full for closing due to high water table lifting my vinyl liner a few years ago, so since then I just cap the skimmer and keep water level up at closing. So instead of filling I am probably draining out some water. So no TA from fill water. How long do I have to wait to retest the TA after adding the baking soda?

- DEBBIE HARVEY (Sparks, NV), 03/25/2019

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