Hello, all! Hubby and I inherited pool with new house back in October. Pool was already winterized by previous owner at walk-through, was sparkling clear when we put in offer. By leftover chemicals, he was using Sustain system.
Took cover off in middle of June (Hubby repairing deck and didn't want to get any more debris in the pool cover). Cleaned major debris out of cover, tried pumping some of the yucky water out, got most out. Unfortunately, I lost my side of cover, so yucky stuff now in water which looked to be crystal clear below cover as we removed it. Went to pool store; they gave me algaecide, cal hypo shock and more Sustain system (which as far as I can tell is mostly cal hypo). First bottle of algaecide got all of green out, did one bag of "shock" at night, next day added the stated amount of 3" chlorinating tabs and "Shield Energizer" tabs. Using test strips at the time. Results were pool blue, but cloudy, wasn't writing down test strip results (know better know). Out of town for 5 days, came back to slightly greenish, cloudy pool. So did another bottle of algaecide (yes, both were copper based), shocked again; pool blue, but only about top foot of water clear. Have been vacuuming and brushing every other day. Ran pump on Recirculate, not through filter, during "shock".
Decided to get better test kit, but hadn't found this forum yet, so have Taylor K-1005. "Shocked" pool with 2# of cal hypo shock on Monday (again, hadn't found forum yet; otherwise, would have known better to use the cal hypo).
Filter running 24/7 since 7/2, backwashed 7/3 and 7/8.
Numbers Tuesday morning were:
FC 5+ (kit only goes to 5)
TC 5+ (darker than FC color)
CC Can't tell from test, but could smell the chloramines
After reading tons on this forum Tuesday afternoon and yesterday, I'm convinced to go with the liquid chlorine route. Also ordered FAS/DPD kit yesterday.
This morning water is cloudy, clear for about the first foot. This morning's numbers:
Skimmer still has partial chlorine (cal hypo) tab in it.
Sorry for the long post, but thought I should include the history of what's been done so far. I know I probably need to replace like 50% of water to get the CH down, but not sure best way to go about that yet. Will SLAM pool after I can test with the FAS/DPD kit (and get CH down first?)
Any other suggestions would be much appreciated! Maybe I can get this thing clear by the end of summer!