Hey guys, first time poster here. Looks like a great place to get a lot of help. I read the Defeating Algae and the SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain guides. I also just purchased a TF-100 with the XL option and Borate Strips - used the UPS option so I hope it comes here soon. Here is the skinny on my situation. I'm a windower with 2 children and honestly I don't have much time on my hands. I work 60 hours a week on average, but to be honest I don't make a lot of money, its a pretty dead end job. So not only do I not have a lot of time, I also don't have much cash to just throw at a pool. A couple years ago I purchased a new winter cover for my pool, being a cheapskate I went ahead and got a thinner cheaper cover, and I think I'm paying for it now. I think it is the cause of my extremely green pool
See I've lived in this house all my life and was given it by my parents. My father always took good care of the pool and after opening it in the winter it was always sparkling clear. Now here I am screwing it up only after being here alone for five or so years. I'm honestly debating at this point just bulldozing it in because I *think* it might have a leak that I can't afford to fix. The water level seemed a lot lower than it was when I closed it. Do you think you guys can give me a rough estimate of how much it will cost to get it back to this crystal clear levels? Are we talking a couple hundred dollars? Or over a thousand.
Also if you can tell me the cheapest place to get the chemicals I need I'm all for it. I had just been buying bleach at Costco the last few years but they jacked up the prices a couple dollars it seems. Also where can I get D.E. filter in bulk on the cheap?
Just any guidance towards my situation would be awesome. If its worth saving (can't really spend more that 500 dollars), cheap places to get the best chlorine for my needs, etc. etc.