Hey, everybody! I'm new here, but not entirely new to pool ownership. We "inherited" a pool when we bought our new home in 2008. I've learned a lot, but have myself in a new pickle. Our pump went down at the end of last year, and I allowed the pool to go "swampy." I have fixed the pump and am dealing with the process of clearing the water. As you can imagine, there were a ton of leaves at the bottom of the pool. I've largely dipped those out and throw a fair amount of shock in. The water on top is now cloudy, but I know what lies at the bottom is sludgy algae.
My issue is that I hate to vacuum all of that through the filter and into waste, as I can see how nasty it is. I can dip it and stir it up, making the water ugly again, but as you all know, the algae doesn't really dip out. What's the best way for me to handle this? Should I go ahead and vacuum it all to waste? I'd love to get some expert tips here.
FYI...this is an old fiberglass pool, built in 1969 (10 years before my birth...geez) and holds approximately 20,000 gallons of water.
Thanks so much!