I would like to say a very big thank you for this board. I really had no idea on how to run my pool. For those dealing with cloudy water, follow what this board recommends. I will become a lifetime member.
My pool pump burnt out last year just as I was getting to start up. So, it sat open last winter and this past winter. Needless to say, leaves and organic debris ruled my pool. This year I found this board and others that guided me in the correct direction. I first removed all leaves I could by hand. Then I bottom vac the pool twice. I would also clean the cartridge filter 3x a week. Ran the pool pump 24/7 to filter the water. For correct chemical analysis, I would also carry my water sample to my pool store since they test for free.
Their chlorine is the most economical buy for my pool. I shocked weekly and kept brushing weekly and vac if necessary. My pool was clean but cloudy for weeks. From the advice on this board, I installed a skimmer sock. I believe it was the one item that tipped the balance in my favor. I really like the skimmer socks! Now I am happy to say my water is crystal clear.
Being crystal clear now and living in Florida, I have found sand in the bottom of the pool. Now I am wondering:
1) Should I bottom vac with the skimmer sock installed or without the skimmer sock and just rinse the cartrigde filter after vac duty? I am worried about the sand damaging my new pump.
2) Is there anyplace to buy a volume pack of skimmer socks? My packs only come with 5 in a pack. I do wash the socks and reuse but they tear after so many uses....
P.S. I will be buying a pool cover for the shutdown!