My wife and I just bought a house with a pool and we've had trouble keeping it clear. To start, it was a foreclosure, so the pool was full of leaves when we got it. When we stirred them up, it turned green. We tried to clear it by backwashing (advise of a friend), but after 2 days of this we just drained it and started fresh. We shocked it, added conditioner, and it was god for a few days before the algae showed up. It was a mix of black and mustard I think, just judging by color.
We balanced it again, added shock, algecide, and phospho-free, and cleared it up, only to have it come back again a week later.
The ONLY think I can think of that we haven't tried is cleaning the filter. I have not taken it apart (Hayward DE-3600) to get inside since I want to make sure I can put it back together. I haven't found an online manual for it...let me know if you have one.
My questions are:
1.) Should I embark on this, or hire someone to come clean the filter?
2.) I am willing to do this on my own, but what do I need to have on hand ahead of time to give it a full cleaning so it won't be down for days?
3.) Anyone else in PHX or AZ and can give some tips for summer pool ownership?