I have been reading fervently on your forum topics.
I have four grandchildren, which I watch during the summer. My daughter decided to buy a pool and bring it to my house for the kids to swim in.
I don't know the first thing about this pool, except that I can not get it clear.
I have opted to do the BBB method, as my daughter bought all of this pool stuff that I cannot seem to get to work for me.
I live in the deep south, the pool is in full sunlight most of the day.
I do not know any numbers for you all, (the nearest pool store is a good ways off from us.)
This is what I know:
The pool is above ground, 24x4 1/2 round, holds 13,500 gallons of water. I have a small test kit that just measures ph and chlorine. The sand is new, the little fingers in the bottom of the filter barrel are just fine. Lots of yellow and green comes out after I backwash and rinse. Filter seems to be working fine.
My husband brought home a floating prefilled stablizer that you cut holes in according to the volume of water in your pool. We cut holes in it for 15,000 gal. Pool turned green still. We then cut all of the holes for 40,000 gal and still pool was pretty green. I added 20 percent algecide with some of the green disappearing.
I then tried the bleach. Pool turned blue but has a hazy cloud about a foot and a half from the bottom. Chlorine is depleted by late afternoon after I put it in the night before. Therefore green seems to start again.
I had a problem with the ph being very low and corrected that with ph+ that my daughter had bought, but it seems to deplete quickly.
I have no idea what CYA is and do not have a test to do it with.
Do I need the floating stablizer if I just add the bleach everynight and if so, how much should I put in daily?
What is washing soda? Is it just arm and hammer baking soda?
Will that raise my ph? If not what can I buy from the store that will?
To shock the pool with bleach, how many gallons of bleach should I put in, or should I use the shock plus stuff that you buy? How often should I shock?
I know this is a lot of questions, but I am a grandma that knows nothing about pools.
Thanks for any help from anyone.