Hi, I want to start off by thanking anybody for help they can provide. Let me start off with what all has been done to the pool. 3 weeks ago the guy that winterizes our pool came out to open it and shocked it. He told us then it was in bad shape because we didn't get a cover on it and thus allowed a lot of debris to get in the pool. He came back out a second time and shocked it a second time. He had instructed me to do the leaf skimmer and get as much debris out as possible and also to backwash. I did this for several days and nothing changed and my wife got frustrated. We are both teachers and she was about to be out of school and wanted her pool ready! She then went to a local pool company and the told her we needed to floc the pool. To turn everything off, dilute the floc and then vacuum to waste and repeat this process twice. Well we did that and carried in a water sample and then another person said that we had a pool overtaken with algae and the floc was unnecessary. They then recommended $200 in chemicals and very precise instructions on how to put them in and the order to follow. We did it all to a tee and was so excited thinking we would wake up and see a change the next day but NOTHING!! So I then called a guy recommended by a few friends and he said we needed a stronger algicide (quash) and to shock again and to put the shock in the skimmers. He said that after doing all of that we should have blue water by the next day, cloudy blue, but blue. Well, that's today and pool still pea soup green! We went today and got 15 gallons of bleach and put that in there because we just were at our wits end. We feel like we would have been better off draining the pool and preasuring washing it and staring fresh. We have dropped over $400 and have a pool that looks the same as it did the day it was opened. I am pretty sure all the debris is removed, I have skimmed and vacuumed several times.
We have a in ground pool and sand filter. It measures 43x19 with roughly 25,000 gallons.
The printout from the water test from the pool store that has been no help has these results (they would be very different now I'm sure from the bleach)
Saturation Index: -3.5
Total Chlorine: 1
Free Chlorine: 1