Hello everyone! I have been reading the posts for a few weeks now and trying to get acquainted with pool school. I was hoping to solve my pool problem by going through old posts but here I am 4 weeks later. So I am a new pool owner. We bought the house at the end of last summer so the pool was not opened last year, possibly the year before that either. All we knew was the pool had a new liner. Needless to say the pool was a swamp when opened. Since we have no idea what we are doing we paid someone. He came, dumped a whole lot of chemicals in, a few days later the pool was no longer black and was now green. This is where we are 4 weeks later. The company who opened the pool was gonna come back and vacuum because I don't have a vacuum to waste option, he never came back and wouldn't return any of my calls.
About 2 weeks ago we shocked the pool with Bioguard Burnout73. We put about 9 bags of the stuff in, this was after adding about 4 quarts of algeacide Not a whole lot of change. I went to Leslie's Pool a few days ago and they tested the water, apparently I had no chlorine so they suggested I pour about 4 gallons of conditioner in through the skimmer, which I did. Then they suggested I pour in 4 bags of the Burnout73 24 hours later, I poured in 5. I back washed about 48 hours after adding the conditioner. I tested my water today, everything is ok except the hardness (I think that's what it's called) is pretty low. We vacuumed and there seems to be a lot of stuff caked at the bottom so we've been backwashing about 2 times a day. One big problem is my husband seems to think the aquabot junior can work miracles and he's been throwing that thing in there twice and 3 times a day. Yes it cleans but not enough to have the pool up and running in a week.
The water isn't necessarily green, but it looks green, murky and cloudy, probably because of all the stuff sitting at the bottom. When we vacuum it just gets even cloudier. I can see the bottom of the pool at the shallow end and around the edges at the deep end, but I can see nothing at all in the middle of the deep end except green. I'm also afraid the main drain isn't working because there's so much debris caked on top of it. What are my options here? I'm afraid it will be August before I get to enjoy my pool, and I've already spent over $900 to get it up and running. How do I get that clean, clear blue water. PLEASE HELP!