A little background: We bought our house a year ago. It was a foreclosure and sat empty for 3 years. The pool is IG and did have a cover on it. Although there was a layer of crud and cat tails growing on top of it. After further investigation, we discovered a large hole in the cover. 3 years of crud in the bottom of that thing! Last fall, we pulled the cover off and recovered it with a tarp. In spring, we had a friend (who works on pools) check everything out. The filter was bad, pipes and lines were good. Being busy with other things at the house, we didn't touch it until about 3 weeks ago. We took out the old filter that didn't work and replaced it with the current filter: Laser II-192 Club pro sand filter. My dad actually found a post on here about a similar pool situation (Big shout out to Swampwoman!). So I read that and have been following that and posts on here and using the pool math. We have been scooping large debris and crud out of it for the past 2 weeks and started the shocking process. I got it to be pretty clear but cloudy (see attached pictures). And now we are kind of at a stand-still. It isn't getting clearer and there is a ton of slimy crud that settles to the bottom, and then when I scoop debris, it gets stirred back up and turns to a brownish color again. I know we need to start vacuuming but we have just been working on getting the large debris out of it. There was a TON. Still getting pretty big scoops of slimy-leafy-goodness. I am assuming most of this sludge is dead algae? And dirt of course. But I could be wrong since I am a newbie!
This mornings test results were:
CH-5-10 (that's as far as my test goes, trying to keep this level up)
CYA- less than 20, so 0
To adjust these stats, I put 3 gallons of chlorine in it, 12lbs of borax, and I have a sock hanging in the return of stabilizer for the CYA. (All according to pool math)
What next?? I would love to swim in this thing before summer is over!
Pool pic.jpeThe transformation: about 5-7 days of shocking and scooping
Pool pics.jpe Sorry its sideways but this is after I stir it up scooping..