We live in Indiana and opened our pool May 15 in the hopes of getting it ready for company this weekend. We bought the house with the pool already installed. We have no idea what we are doing so we have been going to Leslie's and following their directions. Last year the water was never clear and had a brown film on the bottom that we were constantly vacuuming and brushing. I found this forum and have decided to use the BBB method. I ordered the K-2006 test kit but it won't be here until next Tuesday. When we took the cover off the pool was very green. We changed the sand in the filter and dumped in a lot of bleach. We also filled the chlorinator with 3" tabs we left over from last year. The water cleared up but it's extremely cloudy. We can barely see the bottom on the 3' end and nothing on the 8' end.
We took a water sample to Leslie's tonight and got these results:
Leslie's recommendation was to add 2 - 12 oz. bottles of Ultra bright water clarifier and 35 oz. of commercial strength Phosfree.
According to the trouble free calculator I need to add 30 oz. of soda ash and replace 87% of the water.
Any suggestions? other than draining the pool? where we live the water is ridiculously expensive.
BTW, we have a 16' x 32" rectangle with 3' on the shallow end and a 7' diving well... a sand filter and a vinyl liner. We have a heater but have never used it.