We just bought a new house this past spring and it came with a pool.
Unfortunately neither my fiance or myself know anything about pools and this situation is giving me pool remorse.
A little bit about our situation:
~We live in Cincinnati, OH.
~We have been getting a bit of rain lately.
~Our Pool is Plaster
~1 Skimmer w/ 2 returns
The previous owners had let a substantial amount of water and debris collect on the tarp on top of the pool (which during the time of purchase was frozen).
We came to find that the water had weeds growing in it along with long green fuzzy plants. It was quite impressive actually. After siphoning off the majority of the water we began to pull back the tarp to find that it had multiple gigantic holes/rips/tears in it. All the algae had just been receding through those holes into the pool all winter and we could actually see algae spilling through the holes. This left us with a muddy lake like color to the water. For the first week or two while we were trying to figure out what to do we actually had a couple of mallards come visit our pool-lake a few times a week. It was quite pathetically sweet.
The first thing we did was take our leaf net skimmer thing and scoop along the bottom of the pool to remove leaves and debris. There was quite a bit of accumulation. This did nothing to improve the water color or murkiness (which was you could not see the concrete steps going into the pool.
The next thing we did was visit our local pool store (leslies) and we decided after much discussion to try to rehab the water. So we purchased a few shock treatments for the pool and left. During this time frame we had run into problems with the pool pump which lasted about 2 weeks and we ended up having to replace the motor. Back on course. So we shocked it twice and it turned this murky mint green color. Now we could see down into the pool.
"Hey, Theres the steps honey!"
We could see the first step rather clearly and the water gradually got cloudier till we could see the third step but not the bottom. About this time the hubby had to go away for a job so I was left to figure out the next step. I went to the pool store and got some chlorine free oxidizer added that to the pool. After running the pool all night and most of the day for each day no change.
I went to walmart after doing some internet research and got hth green to blue I and II. From my readings most people said they had the best results when they put it in at night and let it do its thing all night to come out to a crystal clear blue pool in the morning. So I thought it was worth a shot. Well after adding that this morning (mid morning) nothing. No change in the water color or clarity. However there is a yellowish scum floating on top of the pool all over the place. It looks most like cooled down grease on top of water in your leftovers. I tried scooping it out with the leaf net skimmer but it just seems to get a pooled up and when I lift the skimmer out of the water it goes right through the net back into the water. So right now I have the filter going to hopefully get that stuff more concentrated so I can again try to scoop it out or something. From more research it could be any number of things: Pollen; Oil; etc...
So the water is still dark cloudy mint green now with a nice layer of **** on top.
I do have a test kit and have tested the water each time I am about to put shtuff into the pool but the results seem to come out within the normal ranges. I don't have any of my old results but I can test again and post if needed.
Help me please...
Also be gentle my hubby and I are pool newbies.