We just bought this house last year, and the people did nothing to the pool for over a year. After a summer of he$$, replacing the entire filter and pump we had a great ending to the summer. This year it seems the mesh cover is a pain in the butt again. We opened the pool two weeks ago. We immediately shocked the pool with 3 containers of liquid chlorine. The huge ones. Then we added a entire container of algeacide-which we now know was WAY TOO MUCH! Besides the foam, which is annoying and funny at the same time, we cannot get a chlorine reading. We were told to shock the pool, we did-still no chlorine. Then we were told to add phos free (our phosphates where off the wall) and 1 lb of soda ash. Our levels were all over the place.
Our pool is blue, but cloudy. We have not vacuumed cuz we cannot see the bottom. We have back washed the everyday until the bottle on the filter runs clear. We are so confused. I'm am heading back to the pool store tomorrow, but curious to see what you guys say. Here are the readings from today.
FREE CHLORINE: 0 (it has never gone up) the tab is white as could be on the test strip.
any suggestions would help. Thank you