Pool was opened earlier this week (guys dropped a few bottles of shock in it when they opened it, but that's it). What a mess - leaves everywhere, heavy algae growth on walls and bottom - water wasn't terrible, but not good - murky - could barely make out the bottom returns in the 6' section..
Anyway - pulled the chlorinator (Hayward cl200) off line - plugged the holes because it was leaking everywhere - and the pump ran much better than it has run the last few years that chlorinator was a POS, imo. Dropped a floating chlorinator in for the time being, dumped in a jug of bleach, and fired up the pump. Grabbed a net and cleaned up most of the leaves and junk.
Long story short - an hour or two later I tested the water. PH was perfect, Chorine was perfect. Water was already clearing up significantly. Bottom is still a bit of a mess, but after a brushing I have it mostly concentrated to the deep end.
A quick vaccuum tomorrow and I think I'll be a day away from sparking, balanced water.
In the three years that I've had this pool, I have not had to do too much to have very clear water. Is it supposed to be this easy? I read the posts around here and get all worked up and anxious, but when i get out by the water it just never seems that complicated..
Not bragging - i'm going to assume that I'm just really lucky. But is this common to have it go this well this easily?