What is your cyanuric acid level? That's the chlorine stabilizer. Without
it, the chlorine you dump in the pool dissipates into the air through the
surface of the water. Buy a stabilizer test kit. I had to adjust mine
every two years or so. You might be missing the easy answer.
Other than that, I NEVER did ph, phosphate, and all that stuff. Just made
sure there was enough stabilizer, and then checked the chlorine level.
Everything else just fell into line after that.
In order for algae to form and grab hold, there has to be a lack of
chlorine. Fergeddabout phosphates, ph, and all that other falderal.
If you are using a lot of chlorine, and you STILL got algae, I'd say it
probably is your stabilizer. UNLESS, like I had when the pine trees bloomed
and all the gold dust settled on the pool. A mass infusion of some type of
degradable organic gunk.
Cyanuric acid testers are about $20, IIRC, and there is enough to do tests
for about five years, two a year. Simple to use. So simple I did it.
Upon adding a jug of stabilizer, a gallon, IIRC, I cut my chlorine by 75%.
I had a 32,000 gallon pool, and I would put two of those 3" tabs in the
ducky floater, and replace when they got thin, and no algae unless I let the
pool get real dirty, which happened a couple of times when I was traveling,
or had a pump/filter failure for a few days.
Let us know. Even if you do have issues with other things due to the water
in your area, stabilizer is one of the top three things that can cause pool
problems, and one of the top three easiest things to fix. And top three
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Exactly my experience.
Pool stores will sell you every thing under the sun to get rid of
algae. But if they sell you something that works, you stop buying.
For 13K gallons, I add 5 gallons of liquid chlorine.
End of algae.
I use Algacide but when I want to get rid of algae,
chlorine is the weapon of choice.
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Switching to an earth filter will pay for itself in the long run. Sand
filters are the worst filters for a pool. They get clogged with gunk
very quickly and back flushing them just doesn't remove the gunk.
I had a pool when I was raising my kids and switching from a sand to an
earth filter was the best investment I could have made for that pool. I
only had to run the filter 4 hours a day instead of 8 and just shock the
pool once a week or so, no other chlorine products needed. The savings
in electricity, wear and tear, chemicals and filtering agent (not to
mention no more problems) easily paid for for the cost of a new filter.
Very good advice about the test kit. I don't trust the kids at the
pool store either. Listening to them you could spend hundreds
of dollars buying their Balance Pak 2000 or whatever instead of
a cheap readily available chemical like baking soda.
I use the Taylor 2006 test kit, which is about $50. It tests for
everything you need to measure including cyanuric acid and
free chlorine. It's probably saved me $1000 compared to
taking water in to the pool store. And the pool has been
I agree with Steve that if he's putting in a lot of chlorine
he may be lacking stabilizer. Key question, what form is
the chlorine that's being used? If it's liquid, there is no
stabilizer. If he's using trichlor, then that includes stabilizer.
You don't want to get too much, because once it's in
the only way to get it out is to drain the water.
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