So I've been using the BBB method for the last 2 summers and it has worked fairly well. I haven't bought the test kits you all recommend on here yet because I had just bought a large testing kit and wanted to use that up first, I hate to waste things. Also my local pool store has computerized testing that is really awesome. Anyways, this last winter I made the HUGE mistake of not winterizing our pool. We got super busy with kids sports which included a lot of out of town travelling and basically life just got in the way. Well next thing I know we are having freeze warnings so to save my pipes I did use marine antifreeze but no other chemicals were placed in the pool and not even our brand new $1200 cover was used.
Now spring time has arrived and trying to get the pool ready for the kids and it is literally a swamp. I have tried getting as many leaves as possible out (still a daily chore) without being able to see the bottom though, it's pretty difficult. I have spent about $300 on shock, bleach, baking soda, etc. to try and get this pool cleared up. It has gone from a yucky, smelly, blackish/greenish swamp to just green and not smelly. I've brushed the sides I can't tell you how many times. I don't know what else to do from here. According to the pool store computer, my levels are as follows:
13,000 gal vinyl inground pool
PH 8.0 (just added bleach though)
Total CL 10 (again just shocked)
I cannot seem to keep the FC level up at all. Like I said I have spent approx $300 mostly on bleach/shock and it's not helping at all. I'm beginning to think my only option is to drain and refill but I'm REALLY hesitant about that due to the severe drought we are in. We are on water restrictions so that could present a problem. Any help will be greatly appreciated.