This will be a long post but I hope someone will be able to help me
Small pool only about 5900 gallons inground and it is pebble tech. There is a Tritton II sand filter on it with a Whisperflow filter.
My pool has not been maintained since last summer. There was algae (I think) in the pool and not the bright green kind it was more of a brown with black around the water line. The water was actually pretty clear, as I could see to the bottom, but all the walls and bottom were covered with a thick film of something (which I assume was algae). I started buying shock last week and it turned the sludge stuff grey/white and I was able to scrub the black along the water line with a metal brush.
I have been brushing all the walls of the pool and the stuff is not coming off easily and it's coming off in what almost looks like paper that has hit the water and is shredding up (can't think of any other way to describe it). In addition the walls feel very rough now like coarse sandpaper. As of right now the pool water is so cloudy I can't even see to the bottom of the 3 feet section.
Now for the bad part...
I do not have a nice testing kit yet and I have the 6 in one strips by pool time. I input all the results into their website and it told me to add all this stuff to my pool... and I did before I found this forum and I think I really screwed it up. My test results this morning are as follows:
Total Hardness: 1000 ppm (the highest color so it could be more)
Total Chlorine: 3ppm
Free Chlorine: 10ppm (Highest it goes could be higher)
ph: 7.8 - 8.4 (color was between these two)
Total Alkalinity: 180ppm (Highest Color so it could be more)
Stabilizer: 0-50 (color was between these two)
I know all these numbers are bad and I have been reading the forums and not quite sure what to do with this. I won't be able to get the nice testing kit for a few more days.
And for more bad... (I said there was multiple problems lol)
I don't think the pressure gauge on my filter is working... It is always on 10 even if the pump is turned off. I have back washed a few times and the water that is coming out doesn't look bad.
I also do not have the option to vacuum to waste on my pool and all the sludge stuff is going to the bottom and I have been using the leaf rake thing to get what I can out. I have a barracuda g4 that plugs into a suction valve on the wall of my pool. Will this get the sludge out? Right now I have turned the valve that says "Jandy" on it so the water in the pool is just going through the skimmer and the barracuda vacuum is not running at all.
And this leads me to my last question... I have 3 valves in my pump area... The Jandy one, the back wash one and then there is another and I have no clue as to what it's for. It just says "Closed<" and "Open>" and it is set in the middle between the off and on. The old owners left no information on this pool and I am completely clueless. In the pictures the blue valve is what I'm confused about.
Thank you in advance for any help any one can give me because I really have no idea what I'm doing.