This is my first year opening my pool. We moved into the house last year and hired pool companies to open and close it for us, but I thought I would be able to handle it myself... I think I am on the right track, but I'm afraid that progress may have stalled.
I first took off the pool cover this past Saturday to find a nasty green swamp. After adding a lot of shock product that I bought in the orange bags from Lowes, I found this forum which recommended I use bleach instead, which is what I have been using the past 4 days. The water is definitely no longer green and looks quite blue, but it is still cloudy. I can see the bottom of the shallow end but the deep end has remained cloudy for the past 3 days or so.
Here's the info:
1. Salt water pool approximately 15 feet wide by 30 feet long, with 6 feet at the deep end and I think 3 feet on the shallow end for a total of 15,100 gallons
2. Sand filter
4. Vinyl liner
5. Don't know size pump or flow rate...
Test results this evening using Taylor K2006:
FC - 17 or 17.5
CC - 0
pH - looks to be just below 7.0 (does this even matter when shocking?)
TA - 6 was when it turned clear, 7 when it turned pink
CYA - 30
1. Obviously my first question is what needs to be done to make it no longer cloudy?
2. The FC is still high from shocking the pool, but with a CC of zero, I am planning on just letting it drop to normal levels before turning on the SWG to take over. Is that what I should be doing?
3. The SWG was reading a level of 1700 for salt yesterday so I added 2 40 pound bags of salt to the pool last night. The reading I just got was 1900 but I'm not sure if it's been a complete 24 hours yet so that might not be accurate. However, the salt level being low shouldn't matter if I am not using the SWG until the FC levels drop, right?
4. Is there any way to get the pool clear within 2 days? If not, is the water safe to swim in anyways? We are having a party this Saturday night so we'd love to know that we can use the pool even if it isn't crystal clear just yet.
Thanks in advance.