I live in Alabama and in March the weather got super hot so we decided to open pool early. This year was the first and last time we have ever not covered the pool for the winter Big Mistake!. Anyway, got pool filled, filter running. The first week I ran the automatic vacuum and the filter continuously all the while keeping the chlorine levels high. The weather then turned cold and the small filter's gasket broke so I turned everything off and decided to wait a while. Within the past 5 days I've kept the chlorine level high and ran the auto vacuum which is picking up leaves, pine straw and debris 2-3x daily . I've managed to get rid of the slimy, goopy algae that was once in the pool. Every other day I backwash and have ran the pump continuously all the while maintaining shock level chlorine. I sweep the sides and the bottom every other day or when the auto vacuum is not running. I cannot use the other vacuum as I can't see the bottom yet. I have yet to see any kind of improvement whatsoever! The best readings I can give at this time are: 15,000+/- gallons 28' round above ground.
I have a new/better testing kit on its way!
What else do I need to be doing to clear it up? patience?
I need advice and help fast!