I am so OVER our pool right now and am desperately seeking help.
We have lived in our house for almost 6 years now and have had issues over the years, but usually hired a company to help out when it got bad and then took care back over, but never really learning what in the world we were doing. I found your website and have decided that this time, we need to learn what the heck we are doing, so we can properly care for our pool from here on out.
We live in Central Florida and when it was time to start swimming this year, our pool was a very dark swamp green. We took water samples to our local pool store and have added all of the things they suggested: liquid chlorine, powdered shock, ph stuff, algaecide, etc. It is no longer green, but incredibly cloudy and just won't clear. I'm pretty sure there are a bunch of leaves in the deep end, but we can't seem to get them out because we can't see them. Last weekend, in a desperate attempt to clear the pool, we added floc, planning to vacuum to waste. The water did get a little more clear, but was still cloudy. We vacummed to waste all of the debris we could see, added some powder shock and ran the pump without the filter in it to circulate the chlorine, didn't use the filter because we weren't sure how much floc was still in the pool and didn't want to ruin the filter. Alas, it is still cloudy and we can't swim yet.
Here is my plan: as soon as I finish my post, I am headed to our local Leslies to purchase a test kit. I will test and post our numbers once I get back home.
Is it safe to put the filter back in and run it that way? How do we tell if there is still floc in the water, it has been right at a week since we added it.
I am just very overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. Please help!!