My pool is out of control. I've been fighting with it for 6 weeks since we've opened it this spring.
It's a 24' x 4' doughboy steel side, sand filter, and a salt system. I replaced the sand & checked the laterals but it appears the spider gasket needs to be replaced now as well, so I'm wondering if it's filtering properly...
Of course it started as a swampy green thing this spring, I got it white... tried to vaccum but I can't even see close to the floor.
pH was high, so I used muratic acid until I got it down, but now it's on the low end. Alkalinity is still high. FC is low, everything is else is in a good range. The amount of shock I've put in this thing is just disgusting, seriously with that much chemicals we should just fry from chemical burns when we get in.
Changed the sand. Scrubbed the sides best I could, and then it was greener than our grass, so I tried a bunch of algecide last night, this morning we're milky light green... Before scrubbing the sides I had it to the point where I could see half way down, still not enough to vacuum thoroughly though.
Please help, I've dumped a TON of money into the pool this year already, I'm a nursing student with two kids and we're living on one income. I'd really love to get a robot and all the other fun stuff to make this easier, but it's not in the budget right now, I don't know how well vacuuming is doing when I can't even see what I'm vacuuming. With how much money in chemicals I've dumped in this pool I could have probably bought one already!
I've thought about draining it and starting over, but then I'll have re-balance and it will be freezing. But at this point, I'm wondering if that's the best way...