We have a 18x48 Intex pool, 6,500 gallons. . We have a cartridge filter and a saltwater generator. We have a 1500gph pump.
We used the pool last year with very few problems.
This year, when we opened it, the water was green. Determined it was algae, and we seemed to have cleaned that up. Now the water is cloudy and despite our best efforts, it has been for two weeks.
We started with a visit to the pool store (where we got Pool Stored) and that did nothing. Did lots of research and found lots of posts here. We've shocked the pool many times, cleaning the filter multiple times a day. We switched to the Wal-Mart filters after reading a post here. No change. Then we started using bleach (we used the pool calculator, so I think we added the right amount), no change. The pump has been running non-stop for a week straight (hello, electric bill).
Last night we decided to turn the pump off and see if, by some miracle, we could get sediment on the bottom. No luck. This morning we got desperate and decided to try floc and vacuum to waste. We put the floc in this AM. I know most people here advise against using the store chemicals, but after a week of nothingness, we thought we'd give it one more try.
My daughter's birthday party is the 10th, so we made a decision that if we can't see any improvement by this Friday, we are going to have to dump the water. We really, really, don't want to do that.
I know we will be advised to the get the fancy test kit, but we don't have the $ right now (teacher on maternity leave/summer break), especially since we might have to pay $300 for new water.
Husband is going to take the water to be tested a bit later, so I will post the results when I can.
But any advice in the meantime?? We are pretty frustrated, especially since it has been 90 degrees and we have an unusable pool.