I've spent the last 4 days putting in chems and filtering the pool (I've been using Baking Soda, Bleach and Aqua Chem Shock Xtra Blue) Last night I added more BS to get the pH to 7.5 (it's been hovering around 7.2) And I added 1 bag of shock and 2 182oz bottles of bleach. Ran the filter all night. Check the levels this morning- FC levels are low and about 2-3 and pH still at 7.2. And no noticable improvement in the clearning- It's a light pale green/blue. So the better part of today I spent vaccuming the bottom to waste and scooping leaves- Not a whole, whole lot, but non the less more than I was expecting. There is A LOT of white gunk and just so much small particles, etc. I am wondering if it would not be best to partially drain the pool, at least half way or maybe to 1 foot of water. At least I can then probably see what I am facing clean up wise on the bottom. We don't have a deck around the pool, so vaccuming is a PITA to say the least. Would be soooo much easier if I can just get in and just vaccum away. But the vaccum wasn't even picking up what I had scooped out.
I really don't want to dump any more chems in it and keep running the filter. It's very costly chem and electricity wise! I'd rather drain, refill. Our pool was installed in 2008 and was covered every year to be reopened to clear water. Our cover needed to be replaced and hence I slacked and didn't do it,NEVER again! Advice please!