Hello - We purchased a house in the winter and it has an in-ground pool. We have no clue what we are doing! When we opened it, it was green. We've gotten the algea out (we think as it's no longer green) but it is still very very cloudy. We can't see beyond the second to last step of the staircase. And haven't ever seen the bottom of it even in the shallow end. I can't seem to keep chlorine levels normal either. TA, PH, are ok. CYA is low. Hardiness is low. The pool store has me adding random bags of shock and low and slow and some stuff to clean the filters and a pool tonic to clear the cloudiness. Nothing is helping and I am over going to the pool store people now. If I shock it the chlorine levels will hold for close to 2 days. The pool is in full sun all day. When it rains or if it's close to the 2 day mark we have no chlorine again.
From what I read here, should I add some major amounts chlorine to clear it up and then try to stabilize the CYA and get my chlorine levels up and holding? What are your thoughts on the cloudiness? My 5 year old has been begging to swim. It's been open for 3 weeks now and this past weekend we finally went in after I shocked it and got a normal chlorine reading but the cloudiness worries me. I really don't like being in it when I can't see my feet.
Please help, any thoughts are appreciated!