Forum Title: Pool opening hand holding...
This is my first pool opening, but this site has given me the courage and just enough knowledge to take this on (or just enough knowledge to be dangerous if one hears my better half ) Our pool temps are still in the high 40's, but our son was off for Spring break and we decided to pull the cover off and see what was brewing underneath. There was a surprising amount of debris despite the tight mesh cover: pine needles, leaves, and coating of silty mud on the bottom. The water was clear, but became cloudier when together, we skimmed the floating debris and got the worst off the bottom. We then unboxed and put to work our Dolphin Triton Plus. We emptied the Spring filter about 8 times before the debris load was getting lighter and then switched to the fine filters. The pool was cloudy, but didn't look green. We ran the full gamut of TFT test kit and found: FC 25 CC 0 pH 7.5 CH 100 TA 60 CYA 90 My questions are these: 1. Should I worry about the cloudiness? 2. Do I need to SLAM if I have a CC of 0? To be clear, I had checked my chemistries about 2 weeks ago and added enough bleach to get to SLAM levels for my CYA (my elevated CYA is another story, for another post). I know I need to deal with my CH and TA once I get my CYA down to 40-50. Anything else I need to worry about? If I don't need to SLAM, I will let our little robot clean up the silt and when it is not working, use our sump pump to drain off about 50% before refilling. I will then add either hypo-Cal* or CaCl2 and baking soda to get CH and TA in range. Then add boric acid to get to 50 ppm. *(I have some hypo-Cal that I bought to replace bleach to help get my CH up a bit, but most of the CH correction will come from CaCl2). Does this sound like a plan?
Category: pool Post By: CURTIS CHAPMAN (Livonia, MI), 03/20/2019

The best indicator of whether to SLAM or not, besides seeing algae, is to Perform the Overnight FC Loss Test (OCLT) Using cal-hypo to chlorinate and raise CH is fine. Your TA is fine at 60 if your PH is stable.

- ANNA SANCHEZ (Jonesboro, AR), 03/27/2019

pooldv said: The best indicator of whether to SLAM or not, besides seeing algae, is to Perform the Overnight FC Loss Test (OCLT) Using cal-hypo to chlorinate and raise CH is fine. Your TA is fine at 60 if your PH is stable. Click to expand... I'll check my FC again tomorrow morning. It seems that my FC has been stable for the 2 weeks since I added the bleach, but now that I've stirred things up with the robot...maybe the bleach has something to be acting on. Thanks for the advice. I was just worried that cloudiness was a concern. The water is still very cold (48.4� F today), so from what I gather, algae won't be going gang-busters until it warms up a bit more.

- NORMA ORTIZ (Iowa City, IA), 04/15/2019

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