I've stumbled across this forum looking up how to get a pool that I don't believe (at least the neighbors say it wasn't) was opened last season up and running. It is an above ground pool with a starbright pump and DE filter. I live in RI if that helps.
I'm 100% new to this, and have no idea what I'm doing. I ordered up a K2006 that should be here Wednesday. Until then, I've been skimming the pool and getting stuff off of the bottom of the pool. (See photos) I've already made a few rookie moves. I purchased that green to blue kit from walmart, threw in some household bleach, etc. I also had to manually spin the impeller shaft while flipping on the power switch to get the unit "jump started".
I'm sure this was a mixture of the pool not being maintained and me adding random chemicals to the pool, but the flow of filtered water is lacking. I took the filter apart, hosed it off, pulled out a ton of old DE and got it all hooked back up and for about 15 minutes the flow was very powerful, suction was great, and then the same lack of flow happens. Is this an issue of the pool being so dirty the filter keeps getting clogged? I can't vacuum the pool bottom because I have such little suction.
Sorry for the novel here, but here is my question..
What do I do until I can get the water tested? The water is clear...but there's the dead algae from the HTH green to blue flocculant coating the bottom of the pool. Do I keep adding bleach? Clean the filter again? Get some filter cleaner and soak the filter, put it all back together, add DE, then vacuum?
I called a local pool cleaning company and they said that DE filters clog very easily and he told me I should expect to fully disassemble and hose the grids off multiple times to get this up and running.
Again, sorry for the novel and I'm looking forward to getting this bad boy crystal clear!!