My husband and I bought a house with a pool. We opened it about three weeks ago. We are totally new to pool ownership. Here's a rundown of what I did. I'm hoping someone can tell me what I did wrong, what I should do right in the future. And how to (if possible) correct my water for my party tomorrow!
I cleaned the basket in the skimmer and remembered someone telling me that I need to clean the basket in the pump every so often, as well. So I turned off the pump and went over to the pump and took off the cover. Water was overflowing everywhere and wouldn't stop! I had no idea what was happening so I turned the pump from filter to backwash. (Please don't ask me why, I was panicking lol. I think my logic was to get the water to go somewhere else!) Well that didn't help, so as the water is overflowing and seemingly flooding the ground, I wrestled with the lid to get it back on. Finally, I got it! So I said forget the basket, for now. And I turned the pump back on. I can't remember at this point if I turned the pump back to filter or not. I may have turned it on for a split second, remembered the setting, then fixed it and turned it back on?? It's a panicked fog. What I do know, is that when I turned the filter back on it shot a cloud of dirty brown water into my pool through the return. Did I backwash into my pool?
How do I prevent this from happeneding again? And should I do anything to clean up my pool? I have company coming tomorrow!!!! The brown has basically mixed in with the pool. Still looks clear, I guess.
I dont really know why to put in my signature just yet. But here's my pool info.
24' Lomart Whispering Wind round above ground pool, Hayward Power-Flo LX Pump, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward CL-200 chlorine machine.