I'll start from the beginning with a trend toward brevity. My pool was never closed last year. I simply removed the pump and filter and put the plugs in the return and skimmer. Needless to say I had a swamp come May. In a Google search on the subject I found this site and all the wonderful advice in "Turning your green swamp back into a sparkling oasis". I followed the advice to the best of my ability and soon was rewarded with a balanced but cloudy pool. I have done my best to maintain a reasonable FC level, but with only test strips it was difficult. It didn't seem to matter how long I ran the filter (24 hrs a day for a week and a half) it remained cloudy.
Today I fit a Leslie's service complete test kit into the budget and got these results:
I added soda ash and started shocking the pool with bleach as per pool calc. around sundown. I tested FC every hour with the following results:
5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30
15 10 15 10 10
Every time the levels dropped below 15 I added bleach as per pool calc. My question is this. I have been down the shock and run pump road before with no results. Am I missing something in the water balance? Did I not shock long enough? Is there some other factor that I am overlooking? I should add that my pump and filter are working fine and I even replaced the filter sand.
Thank you in advance for your help.