This season we opened late, about 3 weeks ago, because our water supply was low. So when we fired up the pump for the first time, I thought the late start meant an algae bloom. It was dark at the time, but it seemed as though just turning on the pump made the clear water (although dirty with settled grass and debris) very murky and green. We've never even had to SLAM the pool before, but I immediately began that process. I also had to throw in the season's stabilizer at opening, so I thought that might be a factor at first as well. Except I saw no change. At all. I read up, and thought that the sand filter was just taking a while to clean it up, but questioned after a couple weeks went by if there was something more going on. 3 days ago I finally shut the pump off and let the chlorine level fall. Now that the pump is off and the surface of the water still, I see the the bottom is also littered with sand from the filter. I attempted to vacuum this and the other debris still settled at the bottom only to see crud being blown back into the pool. So with this info I have decided the problem is the filter.
So now what? My husband is frustrated that I haven't just called the pool store, feeling that they can diagnose my filter easily over the phone. I dread being treated like the ignoramus that I am when they cannot do that, and when I cannot answer their questions about the inner workings of my filter. I have no plugs or shut-off valves installed either, so I thought that the first thing I would need is a way to plug the water that delayed my pool opening in the first place. Draining into the yard would be like dumping liquid gold. Neither of us have been able to unscrew the eyelet in the return since the pool was installed almost 2 years ago. Can it even be plugged with that there, should I somehow guess what size rubber plug might go in it?
Thanks in advance for any dummied-down help you can offer. LOL