So here's the deal.
Last fall, under protest, I left the cover off the pool as the wife wanted to keep the pool open all winter so that it would be pretty for Christmas parties and such. I complied (happy wife, happy life!) until I had a major medical issue that prevented me from keeping it up. Needless to say, it turned into the proverbial swamp, complete with a huge frog I named Kermit. I happen to have more oak trees around the pool than most national forests, so when I got started in April, I was scooping out hundreds of pounds of wet leaves, along with enough acorns to feed every squirrel in the state all winter. Also, it rained all but two days in April so every time I'd add chlorine it would just get diluted and go out the overflow. Throw in a week when we were out of town for a daughter's wedding, and thus it was May 1st when I got down to business. I have been SLAMming the thing since, and scooping, vacuuming and sweeping too. I backwash the sand filter at least twice a day, regardless if there's a rise in the pressure or not.
I'm passing the overnight test and the CC is nil.
The problem? Other than it's Memorial Day weekend and the wife is on my case, the water is still a gray, yellowish green. i can see the bottom of the shallow end (4 ft.) and about half-way down in the deep end (8.5 ft.). I know it's a slow process, but it just seems like it's a lot slower this year. Have i done all I can, or am I missing something that might speed up the process? I've used DE before as the last step to get the water sparkling, but never this early in the process. Should I go ahead with a DE treatment? Should I bite the bullet, and take the filter top off and do a deep clean on the sand, or even (I realize the controversy) change the sand?
I always get great advice here, so I don't doubt that someone here has some sage advice, or the very least some kind words that I'm doing all I can (which I will share with the wife!)