Hey guys. I'm a rookie pool owner, forcefully inherited beautiful 10-12 years old pool thru the purchase of foreclosed property. The only problem I've got a "cat-in-the hat". According to records, pool hasn't been opened for 5 years. So I was pretty much introduced to the biggest pain in the butt of my life. Pool business. I will try to be short:
-Opened the pool in May and discovered nasty black water with somewhat trees growing thru the cover.
-Pump was shot, DE filter were missing grids and I had no pool knowledge whosoever.
-Had a lot of research done about the pools, used this and similar sites and forums, youtube, friends and any other sources of info, bought bunch of cleaning tools, installed, new pump, purchased new DE filter on Amazon, few hundred dollars worth of chemicals and finally, a month later along with a "back-breaking" labor I saw the bottom. Of the pool. What a relief I had.
-I balanced the water per specifications, added lots of liquid chlorine and one morning the water from the window of my bedroom was amazingly clear. Sparkling.
When I went to the pool all ready to swim, there was lot of disappointment waiting for me: the entire bottom of the pool covered with brownish/greenish stains. What to do? Research, youtube and pool stores.
Organic or not? I've used vitamin C to test and nothing showed. Then I found two methods of removing stains: oxylic or oxalick (correct me if I spelled wrong) and ascorbic. In both separate cases I've applied same applicable routine: balanced the water, evaporated chlorine down to nothing, added acid chemicals in the pool in suggested proportions, added sequester agent, back wash etc. Nothing helps. When cloudy water disappeared, stains were there.
Dear pool enthusiasts. Are my pool stains permanent? A'm I due to spend few thousand dollars next summer for new liner? Thank you for any feed back or advise. Sorry for long post. Photos attached.