Hi everyone, I am new to this pool stuff as being british we are not all custom to having a pool, since moving to louisiana it is now become a must to cool down from this heat.
I recently bought a new 14"x48" intex metal frame pool, filled it, did all the opening your pool stuff with the required chemicals as directed, pool was running on a 1000gph intex pump/filter.
last few weeks weather has been very bad so I turned off the pump daiy and did not put back on the supplied cover for the pool as there was no-one to help me put it back on... very hard to do on your own.
about a week a go the pool was very green algae looking...
being a novice, I read the hth booklet about problems and causes etc. and used more chemicals to shock, clarify and agae prevention, and to be honest I ended up putting in more chemicals than I should have, I cleaned out the filter with a new one and washed the unit out, put the filter pump on for 48 hrs and the water was slightly better, all the algea build up had dissapated, still cloudy water, futher reading directed me to think that the pool needed more ph and more calcium... so I added this, water still cloudy, I went and bought some hth green to blue shock treatment and turned off the pump as directed to let the product work and fall to the bottom of the pool. the water had turned clear but there was the prouduct left on the bottom of the pool, bought a hoover to help clean up the settled product from the floor... the hoover disspursed the chems at the bottom so I could not see what I was doing, carried on regardless and after a few hours of walking around a milky colored pool in near 100 degree heat I decided enough was enough... turned filter on and decided to take a peek through the window to see if any change, the water had stopped flowing into the pool? so I changed the filter with a new one, seemed to be working fine then the next day same thing happening with the filter, flow rate slow... so I ended up changing the filter with a new one at least another 6 times.
I decided on impulse to go and buy a saltwater system thinking this would help as I was having problems with the chemicals doing their job, again I did not have a clue here, so I thought that this would increase the flow rate and help to kill off and suck out the residue in the pool... soon realized that this was not the case as the alarm went off after only 20 mins of being on, indicating a low flow rate... could not be bothered to once agin chnage the filter, so off to the impulse buying again, bought a new 2500gph intex water pump/filter.. without knowing I also needed some b adapters to fit the pool inlet outlets.. anyway bought them they arrived today... fitted everything up, brushed the pool floor to aggitate the sediment and turned it on along with the salt water system, great, the flow rate is extremely fast compared to pump, and I could see the new skimmer suction was pulling in the small particles from the pool top... again great I thought at least now all the water is going to be filtered faster and the sediment build up would soon be gone/filtered through the new skimmer and filter.... 2 hours and the same thing happend again, alarm on saltwater system, went out to check it and the water flow rate is non exsistent again..... it was to dark to remove the filter from the pump so I just turned everything off...now at 2am I am on this forum looking to see what to do for the best here.... should I just empty the pool clean it out fully and re-fill and start from fresh.. or is there a way to dissolve the build up of chemicals from off the pool floor and within the pool that are obviously causing the filters and pump to not work correctly? I am right in thinking that the biuld up/cloudy milky pool water is the result of over chemical use, calcium etc. ??? the pool only cost $400 but I have now spent $1200 on upgrades and all.... I don't want to be wasting anymore time and money going round in circles... help needed fast and is greatly appreciated!