This is the 3rd year we have opened our pool. We did not have a pool cover on our pool this past fall/winter because it ripped when we went to put it on and we weren't able to afford another one. So, obviously our pool was very green and had lots of debris in it when we went to open it.
Our goal was to follow the SLAM method and get all the levels balanced in the water.
When we first started to work on the pool, the levels were very off. There was virtually no CYA or chlorine and the PH was too high.
We have been working on the pool for about 5-6 days so far. After adding bleach on day 1, the pool immediately changed from a dark green color to a very cloudy blue green. We were constantly checking and emptying the skimmers and using a net to get out debris. After 6 days, the pool doesn't look any different. It is still blue/green and so cloudy you can't see the bottom at all.
These are our readings currently at Day 6:
FC 7 (pool started to hold chlorine for past 2 days)
This is what we have done over the past 6 days:
Added about 3lbs acid stabilizer to bring up CYA (I think it has been in about 4 days)
Added about 25 gallons of bleach
Added something to bring the PH down (it was originally over 8).
One main problem we are having is our filter. We have changed the DE powder about 1 time EVERY day (about 5-6 total times) because about 15 min. after we change it, the pool pressure jumps up to an extremely high level and virtually no water is going through the filter. Bumping doesn't bring the filter pressure down at all. So, we only run it a 4-5 hrs. a day right after changing the DE for fear the high pressure will damage the pump.
Our water is extremely cloudy and not changing. There seems to be a film on top of the pool and lots of particles in the water. We don't know what else to do besides keep buying DE powder so that we can run the pump for a few hrs. every day. But, that is getting really expensive and isn't seeming to get us anywhere.
I think we need to bring the CYA up higher (I heard it takes a week to bring it up, and it hasn't been that long yet). But, if chlorine levels are holding between 7-8, shouldn't we start to see some changes in the water?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!