My husband and I recently purchased a home with an inground pool. What we know so far is the pool was closed and winterized in fall of 2012 and hasn't been opened since. It is a Hayward S200 Sand Filter. At this time, as far as it seems everything works so that is one step in the right direction. We took off the pool cover this past Saturday (three days ago). The cover was one of those trampoline style safety covers so fortunately, it kept a lot of the debris out.
We got two quotes to open up the pool and get our chemicals started.......one was $1850 and the other was $2500. Everyone I knew told me to just do it myself and it was EASY......I am doing it myself; however, I have been going back and forth to the pool store and easy doesn't really come to mind. We originally wanted to use baquacil for it's supposed gentleness as we have children with allergies, asthma and skin issues. The woman at the pool store said she used baquacil for years but that it is not as good as they make it out to be and strongly urged me to go with chlorine. Now mind you, she has been doing this for 40++ years so I have gone the route of chlorine per her advice.
So, my husband and I agreed and proceed to buy our BioGuard products. When we opened the pool.......it was black. Today, it is turquoise or pretty green but there is still a lot of algae in it and every time I vacuum and think I've made some headway, I come back the next morning or hours later and the algae just looks like its back. I AM FEELING SUPER DISCOURAGED.
Saturday I vacuumed all day. During this time I had to backwash A LOT.....like every 5 minutes. Now, I have to backwash less often but I still have the blob in the pool. Saturday evening we put in 6 bags of BurnOut Shock. We did not scrub the walls this time. We just left it overnight. Sunday we brushed the pool and vacuumed on and off all day. Sunday Evening we added six more bags of burnout shock and then brushed the pool. After an hour, we added Banish and let it set. The next day it rained all day so we did nothing. Today, I vacuumed the pool quite a bit as well as brushed it a couple times and still a blob. In the process, I've had to add water quite a few times due to vacuuming on waste or backwashing.
We have vacuumed to waste as often as we can but between that and backwashing, my neighbors are going to kill me. I've flooded their garden and flowers. I'm on a small 100x100 city lot so I don't really have anymore options. I need to backwash as little as possible or I'm going to be looking at some other problems. Not sure if the filter needs changing or not......we can do this if absolutely necessary; however, I was kind of hoping to redo it after I got all the yuck out. Maybe this is not logical though....I'm not sure - New to the pool stuff.
She told me to put some of my BioGuard Silk Smart Sticks in the skimmer. Currently, there are five of them in the skimmer that we added an hour ago. I don't want to keep dumping in shock day after day since it keeps dropping and it's not very cost effective at this point.
I would like to note, the pump has been running 24/7 other than shutting it off to switch to backwash, etc.
The only test kit I have is the Bioguard 4 way water test strips. I just tested it and the readings say:
Free Chlorine: 0
PH: Below very low
Total Alkalinity: not sure.....it's like a greenish yellow and my option is orangish at 0 and green at 40 so probably something in between - either way......very low
she said she didn't want me adding any alkalinity/ph chemicals until i've gotten the algae out of the pool because she said it would just be wasting chemicals. I am supposed to bring her a test on Thursday when we go up there and I'm supposed to get the remainder of my chemicals for the season.
The chemicals we have left are:
1 more box of BurnOut Shock (12 pounds)
Large Tub (30lbs) of Silk Smart Sticks
Two bottles of something called BACKUP
Any advice you have would be very much appreciated. I've started reading in some of the forums and ABC's of pool chemicals, etc.....and it's a little overwhelming but very informative.
Thanks so much!!
I've posted some before we started and then about an hour ago what it looks like. Yes, I know......major difference. Mostly I want to be sure I'm on the right path and that after all of this vacuuming.....I really am getting somewhere and this blob is not just some dark abyss.