My name is Angela and I am brand new to the pool owning business. I bought a pool back in June of 2015 and had a few wonderful weeks of swimming bliss.
Then I went on vacation and came back to a swampmonster. I have been currently battling this thing for 2 weeks with no luck. I started out with cheap chemicals (shock) from Walmart trying to battle the algae and that stuff made it worse. I then went to Rec Warehouse (where I bought the pool) to get good chemicals and they tested the water and told me to double shock, and vacuum. Well when we vacummed, nothing was hitting the filter, like it was still white after vacumming for 2 hours. So we added the shock that night, woke up Wednesday and it was worse!
I called them (Rec) back and their new advice was to drain my 19,000 gallon pool and start over. I then called another local pool store who again had us bring a water sample. This time we were told we needed to buy a 60.00 bottle of phosphate remover and a 50 pound bag of Calcium Chloride. After reading the threads on here I now question if I need calcium chloride since we have a vinyl liner?? We added the phosphate remover on Tuesday, and yesterday added the Calcium. My water is now a more milky green, for sure lighter than before and the filter is getting green every hour or so. We have cleaned it about 10 times since yesterday. We also double shocked it last night but the chlorine levels will read for about an hour and then go back to zero according to my test strips. Out of desperation I have my daughter pouring household bleach into the pool but then had her stop when I realized that the CYA levels were zero. I figure it's just a waste of good bleach at this point?
I'm pretty much at my whits end and am about to close the pool for the year and try again next spring. Sad part is, I have a hot tub and that sucker stays crystal clear all year long. It's this pool thing that is killing me!
Any advice would be amazing!!!!
About my pool:
It's a 27 foot above ground round pool with a vinyl liner
19,000 Gallons - filled with Well Water
Gets lots of Georgia Sunlight during the day
Most recent chemical levels according to a test strip (And yes I plan on getting a good testing kit thanks to these threads!)
Chlorine: 0 (Even though my daughter has been adding chlorine all day and we shocked last night)
Cyanuric Acid: 0