3rd year owning the pool inherited from the previous owners. It is a 27` round x 4.5' deep above ground pool (18,000 gallons)
At the end of the year last year I had an algae problem and left it as it was the end of the season anyway. Covered pool. Opened it up this year to some super cloudy and nasty water, it wasn't green but it had lots of debris etc.
Didn't have any CYA in the pool when I uncovered it so I shocked it with a full box of power powder plus from leslie's (only pool store close by)
Got CYA levels up to 40 then switched to chlor brite(doesnt add CYA)
Water is clean, but super cloudy. I can't see past about a foot or so down into the pool. I have added a bottle of Pool medic from leslies as I have neighbors with maple trees (BLAST THEM!) That seem to aim their seeds in my pool with deadly accuracy. Scooped all of them out but I am still battling cloudiness.
Purex Triton Meteor 20" Filter with 1.5" HP pump (is this sufficient for my pool size?)
Just replaced the sand last year with Leslies #20 silica sand
1 Skimmer and 1 Return
I have a poolmaster test kit with the liquid drops however it does not do CH.
CH: Not sure. (SORRY!) I have a taylor kit on the way...(We do have hard water)
I read through some similar posts asking this and people are telling them to SLAM it. With that in mind - I would have to add 6 gallons of bleach to raise it to 16. It also says you have to keep it at that for awhile.
My somewhat rhetorical question:
Would you spend ~$150 on bleach or would you just drain the pool and start over? I can refill the pool for cheaper than that however I would throw a lot of money away if I do so and my frugal inner self would be very mad.
I would sure appreciate a second opinion from someone who has been here, fixed that.
Thank you so much!