Okay. I'm new here so please bear with me.
My wife and I bought this house (a foreclosure) a year ago and were dismayed at the daunting task of getting the pool up and running. It had a wooden frame built over it with chicken wire and thick poly sheeting to cover it while sitting up. We had to replace the liner and I won't even begin to tell you what we found in the pool while trying to clean it out. Anyhow we got the pool up and running pretty quickly without having to pay a pro to do it. I was very proud of myself for this but this year I am feeling very inadequate for the task.
We had originally hoped to buy a cover for the pool but figured we'd save the money by just keeping the pool up over the winter. That didn't happen either. Now the new season is here and the pool is virtual swamp. I started by netting all the leaves and muck out that I could. I took a sample to the local Pool Supply Store to test the first time and spent around $125 on chemicals. After applying all of this, nothing got any better. Just for info it was 50lbs. of calcium, 36 lbs. of baking soda, 5 gallons of liquid chlorine, 5 lbs. of shock and Drop Out. After all of this, I was left with a slimy green foam on top of the water that took me and my son 2 days to get out. After this we vacuumed but the cloudiness only seemed to get worse. I took another sample to be tested and got $168 in chemicals. Basically the same as before but added a bottle of Super Blue and a new skimmer basket. This time however we doubled up on the shock and liquid chlorine. So I vacuumed again, blindly I might add as the visibility in the water is only about 6 inches. I noticed that the color coming from the jets was darker than the surrounding water and it hit me that maybe my filter wasn't catching everything. So now my water is a BEAUTIFUL Aqua blue color that we cannot see through, but can see tiny clumps of goo flooting throughout and some large clumps of Dead Algea floating on the surface. Either way the cloudiness will not go away and only seems to intensify once we try to vacuum. I'm running out of money, patience and time!
The pool is a 25,000 IG with in line chlorinator. The filter is a Hayward S-244T and the pump is a GE 1081 I think. Thats the only number or name I could find on it. So now I'm wondering if the sand in the pump needs to be changed. I don't know where to go at this point?