We have had an intex above ground pool (5500 gal) up since the beginning of May. We have well water and got through the metals changing the color after shocking and have had regular maintenance - vacumming, shocking, testing, etc.
The water was clear two weeks ago - we had a few kids over and there was a lot of swimming. The water was cloudy afterwards. We vacuumed, shocked and it cleared up. We had a storm the next day and the water was cloudy.
We added algaecide and chlorine and it got milky starting 3rd. We took the water to the local pool store to be tested and they gave us a regime of 2 pounds of Soda on day one, 5 pounds of hardness plus on day two, and 1/2 liter of Phos Free on day three. We had high phosphates low calcuim hardness and low pH so they thought we had the makings of an algae bloom.
We did all this and kept our filter running regularly and changed the filter. This did not help! the water was still cloudy and every time we tried to vacuum - we do not have a waste vacuum option so there are small particles which still make their way back into the pool - the water got cloudier. We took water back to the pool place on July 7th our calcium had disappeared and the phosphates had come down. They put us on a regime of 3 ounces of Soda Ash and 8 ounces of black algae killer on day one and 3 pounds of chlorbrite 48 hours after the other items running the filter non stop. We did this and added the water clarifyer block that you put in the skimmer.
Nothing has worked. We turned the filter off on Sunday to let everything settle and removed the clarifier cube and cleaned the skimmer and filter. Today the water was clear - wow!!! but you could see all the clumps of stuff at the bottom and small particles throughout the water.
I thought I could vacuum the gunk up and we could shock it and be back in the game....oh, but as soon as I turned the filter on and started vacuuming, the cloudiness came back and the gunk made the water opaque once again.
What can we do? I tried to vacuum disconnecting the hose on the rentry side of the pool to let the vacuumed gunk drain into our yard, but that did not go over so well and left my yard muddy and the pool opaque.
Can anyone give us advice on how to get the water clear again? thanks for any help you can provide. we are at our whits end.