I am new to this site and I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 24' round pool that is only 1 year old with a sand filter. A few weeks ago (after a few days of heavy storms), we had algae. We put liquid chlorine in and that cleared up, but every time I went to the pool store to have the water tested, they told me something else was off. I must have bought $300 worth of chemicals in the past couple of weeks.
The problem now is that the water is super cloudy (there is a chemical smell to it and the top of the water looks kind of oily). I can barely see the bottom. I've tried almost everything and today when I went to the pool store they said the water is perfectly balanced, but that my phosphate level is 1000. They want to sell me phosphate remover (which costs $43) but I'm not sure if that will clear the pool or if I'm just putting more money down the drain!
Another pool guy told me that maybe I need to add something to the filter to make it pick up the small particles. I feel like I am just sinking too much money into this pool. It has been more than two weeks and we haven't been able to go in the pool. Please help!