My husband and I bought our new house and moved in on May 1 of this year. The home has an inground pool and we have never owned a pool before. When we moved in, the pool had been "opened early" because we requested in our sale contract that it be up and running and clean when we took possession. Within a week of moving in, our pool was green. We quickly realized that we would need some help in learning the ropes so we hired a local pool company to come on a biweekly basis. The first month went really well, although expensive. They charged us $250 to "open" the pool and then $100 for each following visit. But for a month we had a beautiful, blue, sparkling clean pool. We are ending our 2nd month since we bought the pool and the last 30 days has been MUCH different than the first.
The pool has been green consistently for almost four weeks. I am sure that our triple digit temps every day have been a contributing factor. But, needless to say, I am done paying a pool company to have a green pool. I called them today to cancel the service. They tried to argue with me, saying that I need to replace the sand in my filter but couldn't tell me with any degree of certainty that there is algae in the filter. Then they said I need a new liner, that it is causing the green appearance. I disagree. I know the problem is the water. I just don't know what to do with it.
So, I have printed the entire Pool School book and I will read it from cover to cover this evening. As of right now, the water is aqua/green and cloudy. We have been using chlorine tablets and dumping anywhere from 2-8 bags of shock in every few days. I am anxious to learn a new, better way to care for our pool.
So my question is, should I do ANYTHING before I read the book? I have a 6 way test kit from Walmart. We are really running low on money after all the moving and extra expenses. Can I buy a kit that covers what this one doesn't or do I need a whole new kit?
Thank you so much in advance.