Pool Newbie Here~
Well....when we bought our house this winter the inground pool had been left un-winterized and coverless all winter, we are in Western New York. So early this spring we had a very nice pond in the backyard complete with mating ducks. Not ideal to say the least.
After many, many hours of raking leaves and debris from the bottom and about 20 gallons of bleach, and a lot of filter running we had a very cloudy but blue-ish pool. We made many trip to the local Leslie Pool Store and spent hundreds of dollars to balance the water. They do free water testing, and we were "balanced" according to their test. We also added over the two months about 4 bottles of polymer to clear the pool (Ultra Bright Water Clarifier). I wish I had been keeping better track of what we added and when and all our test results. We also floated a chlorinator with the 3'' Tabs (99% Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione) and dropped a couple of those in the skimmer basket. Still cloudy.
But it never got clear, we would backwash the filter etc. Store advise, just keep doing what you are doing. Husband bought Sand Filter Revitalizer. Still cloudy.
Last week after some ragged weather we started to go green again. More bleach. I went to get the Leslie testing kit recommended here, only to have it out of stock. Been running the filter 24/7 and vacuuming at least once a day. In the morning over the past week, I have found mustardy greenish algae on the steps of the pool.
Our pool season is so short that I don't think we will have clear water before we have to close it this winter.
I want to get going on the BBB method, so I hope to go back to Leslie today and have then test the water and I will post the numbers.
In the meantime, I'm wondering about the filter and if it's just bad. We don't have any of the documents for it, so I don't know what the psi should be, it reads at 30 now....but don't historically where it was at.
Should I just call a professional in or will they just do what I'm doing???? We are so new to this pool thing. I so want to get it right.
Thanks for any insight...and I will get testing numbers asap.
Thanks...and site seems really great.