Thank heavens I found this website. I have been reviewing the info contained here for the last few hours. I REALLY REALLY need some assistance getting my pool clear. We have my wife's birthday this coming weekend and we billed it as a bbq and pool party. More than a month ago we had algae issue. Shocked the heck out of it, added liquid chlorine and thought we got it under control. I believe all the algae is gone, but it has been cloudy for a very long time now, and nothing I do will change that. (see pictures of pool and water here: http://imgur.com/ECqUT&goUSal )
I have back-washed more times that I can remember and tons of clarifier in hopes of getting it clear, but still no luck. I am at my wits end and really seriously contemplating draining it and starting from scratch. (even though it is not recommended to have an empty pool with the extreme heat)
-Pool located in Phoenix, AZ area
-12,000 in-ground plaster pool
I have ordered a test kit, but until then I am forced to rely on the local pool store for test results. Here is the latest results that they gave me this afternoon:
TA: 160th the
They advised that the chlorine was on the high side but that was nothing to worry about. They told me to add 3 cups of acid and let the filter run for 4 hours and I "should" see it clear up. I am currently in hour two of this and no noticeable change to the cloudiness. (Filter had been running all day as well)
I really do not want to drain this, but am obligated to get it looking good by weeks end. Please help!
Thank you in advance for any info or assistance.