Okay, so we winterized our pool ourselves last year and I don't know what we messed up but when we opened it this spring, it looked horrible. I think the cover had a leak in it actually, and all of the leaves that decayed and made the water in the cover brown sank into the pool too. It was crystal clear and beautiful when we closed it and now it looks like tea and has some horrible staining where the water line was. Pictures below.
I was googling like mad and under the impression that my best bet was to drain and acid wash, so it's draining now. But after reading here I'm starting to hope... do I have a chance of fixing this without draining and acid washing it?
We drained it last summer to patch holes/cracks in the plaster. It is an in-ground gunite pool. We have a DE filter. This is our second summer in this house, the pool was built in the 90's I think. We have a chlorinator thing but I don't think it's working. We're planning to get a salt chlorine generator thing because our current chlorine generator is huge and ancient. We just added chlorine tablets to it last summer.
We did shock it and blow out the lines when we winterized last fall. It was free of leaves/dirt and looked great.
FC is 0
residual chlorine is 0
PH is 7.8
I don't think my kit tests the other stuff. I'm going to have to take a sample into a pool store if you need that info. I'm more worried about the staining along the edge and whether that is something I can fix without acid washing or if I'm doomed. It's not coming off with simply brushing it vigorously.
This is how it looked last summer after all of the work I did on it. It was so pretty! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...9&l=09b5da67db
I seriously wanted to cry when I opened it a few days ago.