I just bought a house with a pool two weeks ago. When I first saw the house the pool was crystal clear and now when I moved in, it is green. Two weeks ago I knew nothing about pool or pool care, but now I'm start to understand a little. One thing I know is that the local pool store chemicals cost a lot of money and my pool is still green. It is already starting to cool down here in Wisconsin, and all I want to do is clean this pool up so that I can close it down for the winter. This is what has been done so far...
When I first got the water tested it was low on everything and there was no chlorine in it.
So I put in some Lo and Slo.
Then put in Algeaside
Then I put in Burn Out (chlorine shock)
Then I put in Power Floc
Then I was suppose to wait and then vacuum
I waited and vacuumed, but I think I vacuumed to fast and spread it around.
Then the chlorine got low again and I put more burn out in.
I went back to the pool store and there was no chlorine in the water and was told to get more chemicals
So now I put in balance 100 to raise the alkalinity, which I think was incorrect because the normal pool store guy wasn't there and the replacement didn't know anything. After checking again the alkalinity was too high, which would explain why the next step was to add more Lo and Slo which lowers Alkalinity and PH.
I think the PH close to where it should be, then I added 3lbs of burn out (shock). I'm skipping the recommended redoes of algaecide because I think the aglea is dead from the first dose and it costs $43 a bottle.
After reading more, I've decided my best approach is to shock the heck out of this water and let it settle again for vacuuming. And during the shocking I need to keep the PH correct so the chlorine works.
I'm also considering using liquid bleach instead of this burn out stuff based on what I've been reading.
My goal here is to just close this pool down for the winter. I'm getting close to the point where I'm going to drain it and turn it into a sandbox for the kids. Please advise me on the best way to get this pool clear and then winterize it. I've already bought a bioguard winterizing kit, but everything says I should have a clear pool before using it. I still consider myself pool dumb, so please help me with easy to understand guidance. Thank you.