I had a leak in my winter cover so the water on the bottom mixed with all the water on the top. That led to two problems.
One I have a big “tea” stain on the marcite where the dirty water came in contact.
Two the only way I could get the cover off was to pull it off and let all the crud go into the water. I probably should have asked around here first because someone probably had a better idea. I couldn’t pump the water off the cover because it would simply draw water from the pool.
Anyhow, now I have a brown pool full of leaves and a big “tea” stain. I guess draining the thing is one option. I was planning on doing that anyhow to fix a leak on the main drain. With Michigan’s economy and the fact I did not lose much water over the winter I would like to put that little repair off for another year.
So after a long introduction my question is how do I get my pool from brown to clear. Algae does not seem to be a problem since the water is still too cold for that. What I have been doing is trying to get the water in balance. I also added about seven gallons of 6% bleach which did nothing. I am also scooping the leaves out of the brown water the best I can. I can’t see the bottom especially after I started scooping. Once I get the bulk of the leaves I plan to hit it hard with bleach which I believe will clear up the “tea’ stain.
The pool full is around 30-35,000 gallons. Right now I would say it is around half full maybe a little more.
I think what I am doing is correct but I am hoping someone here will let me know if I am wrong. What I am not sure about is if I should fill it the rest of the way. If I do I will need twice the amount of bleach but I can run the pump and mix the bleach in the water better.