Hello, we bought a foreclosure house that has a swamp where the pool should be. Apparently the owners abandoned the house for 2 years, maybe more for the pool. There were tons of trees overhanging the pool. The bank drained about 2 maybe 3 feet from the pool prior to selling. While in escrow we had massive rain and the pool filled. Obviously we drained some of it. So for about 3 weeks I have been lurking and reading and trying to work on our pool.
We have the pump and filter up and running 24/7 we have been shocking and chlorinating like crazy. As well as cutting back trees and removing tons of leaves and debris from the bottom of the pool. There was a dead bird or two that we removed and a massive amount of frogs and tadpoles. Last week we finally stopped fishing out dead frogs and tadpoles and we were only getting live ones. We are still getting a lot of leaves but not near what we were getting. Now it seems like we stir up more dirt with only some leaves. We have been able to get our chlorine levels high throughout the day. We check and add in the morning (sometimes add more in the afternoon) and check again in the evening and they are usually still fairly high but it zeroes out overnight. Depending on time of day (morning or evening) PH is between 7.2 and 7.8, TA 80-120, TH stays around 200, CYA 0-50 it bounces around a lot.
The water was dark brown/black/dark green when we first started, it then went to a dark green and now its a light-ish milky green. So I know we are making progress but feel like we have stalled somehow. I still cant see the 2nd step in the shallow end. It doesn't seem to be clearing up anymore. Removing debris from the bottom is mostly only stiring up dirt and turning the water a dark green/brown again, it takes a day or two to go back to the light-ish green if we do "light work" on the pool. We have vacuumed to waste a few times but the water gets just as dark then as when we use the leaf rake. As I said, this last week feels like we have stalled and are just maintaining the point we have reached. Any suggestions will be greatly welcome! I really don't want to be at the same condition a month from now. Oh, and on a side note, how do we get rid of the frogs? They disappeared for 3 days after we cut back the tree limbs but this morning there they were, swimming around in the pool again!
The pool when we were viewing the house before buying.
The pool after we bought the house. The rains had filled it back up.
This was right before we started working on it.
The current condition.
After 3 weeks of work.