Hello, we purchased our house last winter and with it the 24' above ground pool. It was closed for the winter when we moved in, and the previous owner took good care of it (we saw it opened when we first looked).
However I stupidly uncovered it 2 weeks ago and just let it sit before I did anything, hoping the rain would fill it back up so I didn't' have to add any water. Well of course in those 2 weeks it turned into a green mess. I have a kids b-day party in less than 3 weeks that this has to be ready for, so I shocked it @ nights ago, and woke up yesterday to no green, just a deep blue that I couldn't see through, I assume this is what most people call cloudy. So back to the pool store and got a 5 pound can of floc. Per the instructions I got the pH up high where it needs it for the floc (really high actually, about 8.2). Put in 4 pounds of floc, and set filter to circulate for about 1.5 hours, then switch it to filter. Floc went in about 6PM last night.
Wake up this morning, and it's not much different, I can see through the first few inch's/maybe a foot of water, but still very dense, for lack of a better word.
So that is problem one, why doesn't the floc seem to be working and settling to the bottom?
Other issue comes in when I was scrubbing down the sides of the pool last night after adding the flock, I slipped and almost fell in (pool is sunk have way into ground and deck built around it) and caught myself using the brush I was holding. Which of course broke the end of the brush, and it would seem cut a hole in the liner . So now I have a pool I can't see through the water on with a hole in it, and crazy high chlorine levels from the shock 2 nights ago. So my 2nd question is, is the water safe for me to be submerged in for a few min's while I patch it, and when I am down there, do you think I will even be able to see the hole? Man I wish I had just fallen in.