Hey there, I'm new to TFP. Also a new homeowner to my very own 29,000 gallon swamp in the back yard that we've been working on for weeks. The house was vacant last year, so never got opened. The "cover" if you'd like to call it that, also got blown into the pool 2 weeks after we moved in thanks to winter storm Draco, and then froze over before we could pull it out. So, basically it has been cover-less for a while, and the previous homeowners neglected it as well. Our inspector told us that he doesn't do pools, so we had no idea what condition the pump was in.
Well, we decided to have someone come open in for us. And THANK GOD we did! What looked like new pipes to the pump were in fact new, but not glued on at all. They made it look pretty for us, and then left. The pipes were rigged so bad that the guy who opened the pool for us was so frustrated, there wasn't even enough pipe to glue on to each other. He has to go to the hardware store and put together a new piping system for us. Thankfully it was only PVC. He then couldn't get the pump to prime and decided to come back the next day with a pump of his so he could try and force the water through. And here is where the next problem was discovered, a pipe was broken underground! So, he had to dig that out and fix that puppy too.
So here we are now, the pipes and plumbing are all working great. The jet blows wonderfully, but our water is still DISGUSTING! We have shocked it and tested it and shocked it and tested it. I actually tested the water yesterday (and I am so sorry for my lack of knowledge while I am at work, I don't have the exact numbers on me) but the colors matched up. So according to the test strips, the chemicals are right. There's just so much **** on the bottom of it, we can't keep up! And we can't even see to the bottom (let alone, 4 feet down) to see what we are scooping/vacuuming up.
Oh! Did I mention that I'm also 7 months pregnant? Yeah, so my husband works 55-60 hours a week, and then there's me...
We're so tired and so frustrated and vacuuming just seems like it's getting us nowhere. We called our pool opener guy, and he's going to come out and cut a pipe and vacuum to waste, because of how hard it is on our poor filter. This will probably rack us up to our $1000 that we've put into this freaking pool. With people coming next weekend, we're cutting it really close. Even if it's not completely ready or even warm enough to swim in, it could at least look CLEAR!
So that's that! Any pointers/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!