thank you in advice for helping me and let me apologize for my ignorance. I just bought a house with a pool, and no clue how to take care of it. I spent over 4hrs reading this site this morning. I'm a little educated but unsure of myself. The house has been vacant for about a yr. It has had pool maintained by a pool service. When I first saw the house about 3 months ago, the water was crystal clear. But after our contract was signed the pool was not serviced the same. I saw it go from clear, to green, to milkey, and back and forth for the past 3 months. It's now green. The bottom is visible on the shallow side and the deep end is greener and the bottom is almost visible. It appears to have clumpy things drifting in that end. There are pop ups on the bottom, they are working. The water has great circulation. It is over filled due to a hose someone left in the pool on a slow trickle, as the solar bladders were leaking (they have been bypassed now). The pool is filed to about 2 inches from the very top. I just took possession of the house today. I have a photo of equipment and pool here:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1439988736
***question 1. I'm a little confused about my equipment. Is it normal to have a CWG and a tablet chlorinator?
I took water to the local pool store - they tested with a drop system and spinner. results as follows.
total chl- 5.0
combined chl- 0.0
ph - 7.4
stabilizer - 0
salt - 2500
the ultimate goal is to use your BBB method.
After reading your information I believe I must first address the CYA issue. With a clean filter in place, I should place some dry stabilizer in a sock? and put it in the skimmer? How long? put it there and then test it after a day? Or is this achieved relatively quickly after adding the stabilizer? After addressing the CYA I then add the bleach in shock levels. I think I'm good to go in the PH level at 7.4.
I will be following your instructions "turning your green swamp back into a sparkling oasis". I have a taylor test kit. I don't know how to backwash yet. But can I turn off the pump and replace with a clean filter, turn pump back on if necessary (as I know how to do this)??
also: after I do all this and get the pool clear, is this when I address the other issues? as the salt level? and all the other stuff that's low and high?
thanks so much for your time!