Hi! I am new to the board, just looking for help clearing up my green pool! Our cover ripped last year and we couldn't afford a new one, so we decided to leave it uncovered this winter....bad idea! On top of that, the motor in the pump quit working at the same time and we just now got a new one. We took a sample to the local pool store today to get it tested and the numbers are below. The pool is completely green, we can see over half way down, but we cannot see the bottom. I've attached a pic. The pool has ciculated for about 8 hours now, so all the 'stuff' is gone off the top of the water.
Pool specifics - Above ground 24" round 52" deep, vinyl liner. My dad bought the new motor and I do not know the brand, but it is 1HP. And, we are in beautiful Southeastern South Carolina!
Saturation idx minus .4
Tot Chlorine 0
Free chlorine 0
Tot Alkalinity 90
Adj total Alkalinity 84
Total Hardness 40
The test read 0 algae, but I think that was manually entered. I am sure we have algae, unless there is another reason would it be green.
We were told a bunch of things to do, but the only thing we have done so far is add 10 pounds of baking soda. We were told to add 12 pounds of alkalinity increaser but the local Fred's only had 10 pounds and the next nearest store is over 10 miles away. So, we will get the other 2 pounds in the morning.
Next step we were told is lowering ph with 2 lbs ph decreaser (we have this left over from last year)
3rd, add 4.5 pounds of stabilizer - We do not have this, is this necessary???
4th, add 4 bags shock (we are fine with using shock instead of bleach)
5th (or whenever water clears up) add 24 pounds of calcium hardness - Is this necessary in a vinyl above ground pool???
Do you all agree with those steps? Did we do the right thing by going ahead with the baking soda? I didn't think the calcium was an issue for vinyl ag pool and what is the purpose of the stabilizer being step 3??
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!