11 x 22 1/2 feet
Shallow end : 3 feet
Deep end: 6 feet
In Ground, Plaster/Tile
Filter is a 24" x 31" High Rate Sand Filter by Astral Pool
4 jets, 2 traps, vacuum, and one drain in the bottom of the pool.
The Filter guage registers 0-3 (it's a spanish filter), right now, its sitting at a whopping ZERO. normally it's between 0- 0.3 on the 0 -3 scale. It's not even registering in the green zone on the guage. Been backwashing the pool probably more than necessary for 2.5 minutes a time, once every day/ every other day, considering the amount of debris and muck in the pool.
The jets blow out, but the suction is lacking to say the least on the vacuum hose, and I'm pretty sure on the traps and drain as well.
Chlorine is at 3
pH is at 0 or low. my tester only reads from 6-8, and the chemical you mix with the water isn't even changing color at all other than (since the chemical is red) making the water yellow. It's supposed to be reading gradients of orange to red. I have never seen it change color at all. At the moment I can only check Chlorine and pH levels with my water test.
Algae is all dead, finally killed after our fiasco about 3 weeks ago. Water still foggy usually, save for the day in between when I sweep the pool, and then it's actually quite clear. Lots of dead algae/sand/debris on the bottom that I just can't get rid of, which for a day sometimes two afterward, the water is foggy/mirky.
Okay.. this one comes with a story so hold on for the ride.
My husband and I just moved to the South West coast of Spain where we are renting a house that is most definitely older. We have our very first pool ever, and in our rental contract we stated that we wanted a gardner and a pool cleaner to come and maintain our yard and pool, since he and I are pretty much idiots at this current time with dealing with the new climate, new plants, new pool etc.
So our rental agency sends us our gardner, who, if he's lucky, might have two brain cells to rub together. We have him on for wayyy too long, much longer than we should have, and in the process, my entire yard has almost died so we have a lot of problems with people tracking dirt and mud into the pool since the grass is close to non existant, and the pool turned a lovely shade of peuse green because our "experienced gardner/poolboy" was only throwing clorine in it, skimming the top, and leaving. You could not even see more than 6 inches into the pool. it was awful.
So my husband and I jumped in (not into the pool of course but into pool care) with no idea what to do other than figure it out as we go. for the past two months we have been fighting to get the pool back into swimming condition, and have managed to get the pool really close. the water is back to being kinda clear, we can actually see the tiles in the pool now and if I haven't just swept the bottom and sides of the pool, you can actually see the tile all the way to the bottom in the deep end as well.
Since our gardner/poolboy fiasco, there is a ton of debris at the bottom of the pool that I just can't seem to get rid of. I've used the net to scrape up the stuff that I know I don't want going into my drains or robot, but it leaves behind the small stuff that just doesn't go away. So I sweep the pool regularly, trying to stir it up to get it to go through something.. somewhere, anywhere but the bottom of my pool, but all it does is stir up everywhere and fog the water, and then settle right back down in a horrid mess that is honestly making me want to drain the pool and use it for skateboarding. or blow it up, which ever.
So basically, What should my guage on my filter be reading to make the filter actually suck things up with proficiency?
I know I need a better pool water tester (its on the list) and borax or some other pH raising chemical, what else should I be looking to get to keep the cloudy, dirty stuff from coming back? (or to just go away already)
And for the sake of God, how do I get the debris out of my pool that the filter or drains just ignores?
(by the way, we do have a new pool guy coming, but we're in spain.. everyone runs late. he was supposed to be here yesterday and I still haven't seen him, so I'm trying to figure this out on my own just in case we end up with another complete idiot.)
Sorry for the novel, please help if you can.