We had our in ground vinyl put in 6 years ago and the pool guy dumped bleach and baking soda, nothing fancy, the first couple of years it was crystal clear. The last two, we ve dumped and dumped money and time and shock packs, etc. our steps constantly turn orange (they are orange now) so we would buy metal out of some type dump it, and a week later, we would have to buy it again. Last year, we spent so much $$ and time, we basically gave up mid July and just accepted it would stay green and cloudy. We have 1 boy in college and 1 headed there and money is tight. Soooo... Last Nov our pump died, and we didn't replace it until March. SWAMP PEOPLE...GA Style! We've been scooping leaves and branches and dog toys (?) and think the bottom is fairly clear. It's dark green, and the steps are orange again. I found this forum a couple of days ago, and have been shocking with clorox and borax and baking soda. Then I went to the pool store to have them check my numbers.... I think I overdid it and now I dont know what to do....I've been bleaching for four days....when I started I had 0 levels of everything except algaecide and some pucks in the chlorinator. (this was before I found this forum. ) I know I need to order a test kit, but I didn't want to blindly put anything else in until I had it checked. I did buy the 8 lb bucket of CYA for 30 that they recommended I buy, and put it in this afternoon. My ph and alk are really high, and I'm starting to panic. The water is dark green and a little foamy on top. Can some one tell me what I should do before I make more of a mess out this?.Pretty please?. I am way in over my head, but we aren't taking a vacation, we planned to do a staycation and just hang out and relax in our pool $$$$$$$ it's been a rough yr all over.
CYA: 0 (I added 8 lbs this afternoon)5
Free chlorine : 5
Ph : 8.2
I appreciate any advice y'all can give me!
25000 vinyl liner inground Grecian, cartridge filter, Pentair Flo pump