Hi there! We are new to owning a pool, having just purchased a house with an IG that hasn't been used since 2006. It was winterized and covered then, but the cover had fallen into the pool. The pool is home to bullfrogs, snails, and 3 snapping turtles who seemed to have moved out over the weekend (hopefully for good). We have shocked, shocked and shocked, tried clarifier to help solidify the gunk, and used fishing nets to remove the leaves and debris. We didn't get the pump working til yesterday, and ran it last night and all morning, but not overnight (sometimes the pressure rises to 30 and we have to rinse the filter so we don't feel comfortable just letting it run without supervision right now). My husband also rigged a sewage waste pump onto a dolly with rubber wheels, and was running that along the bottom in the deep end to try to get the gunk out. The water level is down to half now, and I estimate the pool volume to be about 28000 gallons. It's a 17x35x9 vinyl lined. The liner was installed in 2001 but seems ok - its definitely holding water! Although when vacuuming, I have hit some big creases in the bottom (or a body - not sure which yet!).
My levels last night (we only have a 5 way test kit, but I ordered the Taylor 2006 last night on-line)
Cl - under .5
pH - 7.2
TA - over 300
CH - over 1000
cya - under 30
this morning I checked the Cl and pH after adding 1 16 oz powdered shock and about 60 0z of 6% bleach over the course of a few hours. the pH remained unchanged, but the CL moved to 2. I have started refilling the pool. The water is still a murky green, can't see more than an inch in. I also started cleaning the walls and steps with a scrub brush and a mixture of 1 to 4, bleach to water. I bought more sand as a pool store recommended we change it now to help us clean the pool, but my husband wants to wait til the pool is clean to change the sand.
I welcome your suggestions! Thank you in advance - we would be lost without this site!