Hello i'm hoping someone can help me here. I am being totally defeated during every battle in the war that has become the opening of my pool.
30000 gallons, inground, plaster.
2ft diameter 300lb Hayward Pro Sand Filter S2442 model
1 HP Hayward pump
Standard Polaris pool vaccum
Hayward variflo valve, pressure gauge broken and cant be replaced due to the valve developing a crack two years ago. I put bondo all over the outside, sealing the pressure gauge in place. This fixed the crack, but pressure gauge in now permanent. Replacement valve is on scheduled for delivery soon.
mesh cover over the winter, basically a lot of **** probably got in the pool over the winter
Here is a timeline of my pool futility. Pump has been running continuously since 5/12 (except for backwashes, etc...)
5/12 - Opened it. Green swampy conditions.
5/13 - Used 30000 gal/super start up kit version of in the swim pool opening kit: model Y6200 http://www.intheswim.com/Pool-Chemicals ... ine-Shock/
5/13 - Put in 2 quarts of the algaecide in the kit, put pump on recirculation for 24 hours
5/14 - Put in 4 lb of shock from kit, followed by 2 quarts of rust/stain scale preventer & clarifier a few hours later. Pool stayed green, with slight green color improvement
5/15 - Pool store test showed PH really high, over 8. Put in PH down (5 lbs?). PH returned to normal 7-8 range.
5/16 - Put in "Green to Clean": http://www.intheswim.com/Pool-Chemicals ... To-Clean-/
5/16 - Put in 7 lbs of shock shortly after putting in Green to Clean. Green colored water turned to cloudy white/blue.
5/17 - vacuumed to waste most of the ****
5/18 - Water was not clearing white cloudy. Started to believe I had a filtration problem
5/18 - Replaced Sand in Sand filter (all 300lbs). Put in pool vacuum
5/19 - In the past usually can see improvement in clarity, did not see this, so I added DE to the Filter, about 12oz.
5/20 - Still no improvement in clarity, bought pool store clarifier & "sand helper". Put in 8oz of magic blue clarifier. Also added about 12oz of "Sand Helper" after backwash of DE out.
5/21 morning - Still no improvement - Losing patience so I put in a s-ton of DE. Not sure probably 24-36oz.
5/21 afternoon - Still no improvement - Pump pressure can't be determined, but based on flow and operation of spa jets in pool, seems like flow is not strong. Backwashed out DE. Put in 12 oz of sand helper.
5/22 - Still no improvement. decided to not do anything and give the pool time.
5/23 morning - Still no improvement. Decide to wait until I get home from work.
5/23 late night - reading about chlorine demand and break point chlorination. Don't have anything besides pool test strips. In a rage of futility I run to Lowes and buy more shock to put in, in addition to extra shock I have on hand. In total I put in 18lbs of shock. Here are the kinds I put in:
4 lbs of standard in the swim shock: http://www.intheswim.com/Pool-Chemicals ... ool-Shock/
4 lbs of Lowes "shock plus": http://www.lowes.com/pd_34629-1772-2210 ... facetInfo=
10 lbs of Lowes "Shock X-tra blue": http://www.lowes.com/pd_254293-1772-228 ... facetInfo=
5/24 - I am positive that when I get up this morning I'll see improvement in the clarity. I don't. I am defeated.
Last year I had the same problem and I gave up quicker and drained an refilled the pool. I want to avoid that this year since it appears whatever is going on will be a regular thing.
If anyone has any idea what I'm doing wrong, let me know. Will post pics of the pool and will also get my pool store readings posted shortly.
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