I recently became a homeowner for the first time in my life and, along with that, a pool owner too. The home I purchased had fallen into disrepair and went into foreclosure. A contractor purchased it to "flip" and redid nearly all aspects of the home. He did not, however, touch the pool whatsoever. I took ownership of this outdoor, above ground, supposedly "30 foot" round pool which was not covered. By all appearances, it has been left to sit for at least a few seasons with no attention and never having been closed. The water was very dark brownish green at first:
There was no hardware with this pool, so we purchased a Hayward pump and sand filter which we set up and started to run. We took a sample to the pool store and were sold a few things, which we have been using. Instead of cloudy green, the water is now cloudy blue:
While this certainly seems like a bit of an improvement, it's still awfully murky and we can't see the bottom. There's a pattern on the liner that can only be seen as far down as a few inches below the surface of the water.
At at this point, I'm not sure what I should do. We bought a floating chlorine dispenser that we loaded up with chlorine tablets, but every time we open it to refill it the tabs we put in days earlier are still there. I'm wondering if they aren't dissolving or if this is normally something that just happens (maybe a very slow consumption process?) There are two big tubs of liquid chlorine in the garage from the previous owners which I haven't opened but am considering. If I do, I'm not entirely sure how much to pour in and if there's any "right way" to do it.
The other concern I have is that it seems as though I am endlessly scooping debris out of the bottom. I've spent hours and hours scooping but it seems like I just can't get everything out. The material is so heavy that it has led to two broken poles and one broken skimmer net so far. This process is made much harder by the fact that I can't see the bottom to know what is down there and where. Will the pool clear enough for me to see what I'm scooping or is the presence of all this junk on the bottom the reason it's not clearing up? I feel like vacuuming the pool can't possibly be an option at this point since I think it must have so much junk that it's too much for a vacuum to handle and may be bad for my hardware. Am I wrong about that?