I am brand new to the site and I know nothing about pools. I am about to start working through the Pool School, but thought I would go ahead and post my situation in case anyone could offer a little case specific help. We purchased a home with a large inground pool that had not been opened for several years. It was a black swamp complete with bullfrogs. Last summer I spent the entire summer cleaning out debris-several feet of oak leaves and decaying organic matter from the bottom. I spent about $700 on liquid chlorine last summer and I could get the water blue and the shallow end clear enough to see the bottom. The deep end and the incline never cleared. There is still some debris in the pool, mostly decayed matter (like silt or dirt consistency) on the incline and the deep end--I assume. I can't see the bottom but I can still scoop out debris with the leaf rake. I think I have removed about 85%-90% of the debris. This year, I have started shocking the pool. Now the water color is a blue with a little tint of green left. But, the water is very cloudy. I know that is the dead algae and that my sand filter will take a while to clean it out. I brush down the sides and bottom and a lot of fine debris stirs making the water greenish-brown. I feel like I have a catch 22 because I can't see the bottom to scoop the remaining debris out. Should I add a clarifier or is there any way I can clear the water enough to see the debris to get it out? Or does my focus need to be on the chlorine and worry about the debris after it's more clear?
I am back washing the filter every 1-2 hours, and adding chlorine nightly. We live in North GA and are on well water, if that makes any difference. TIA!!!