> Thanks for the great replies! I'm now at a few weeks in
> trying to get this water cleared-up, and though it's
> MUCH clearer then it was, it's still cloudy as heck. I
> can at least see the bottom alittle (sometimes). I've
> been working with the guys at Leslie Pools and I've used
> about three different products. They think there's
> probably some leaves or something at the bottom I'm
> missing with the vacuum and algae or something is
> growing under it and releasing more crap into the pool.
> I'm currently draining about 1/4 to 1/2 the water to
> refill, and hopefully that'll give me a good starting
> point where I can see the bottom and vacuum up whatever
> the heck is down there. I've actually gotten in it a
> few times and walked around, though I couldn't see the
> The pool does have a sand filter, and the sand was just
> changed out two years ago -- so I assume it's still
> But I'll post another message in the next few days after
> I've filled it back up and ran more chlorine through it.
> Thanks for all the input though... it's encouraging to
> know that it'll be clean at some point -- even though
> we've already missed out on most of the summer thus far
I ran into some objections in another thread I started on a
related subject, but I just want to ask if you considered
draining all the water out of it in the first place,
cleaning out any debris, and then filling it with new water?
Your pool appears to hold about 18,000 gallons, and where I
live that would cost $37 for the water. It would have taken
maybe three days at most to drain, clean and refill, instead
of weeks or even months of summer swimming time wasted
trying to get it right, and you would have saved all the
money you spent on flocs, clarifiers, and other chemicals.
And now you've drained it half way, and are gonna refill it
when you still can't see the bottom. Unless there are
structural reasons why you can't drain it all the way and
clean it out, or unless water simply isn't available to do a
complete refill, it just seems that all the logic, and the
relevant costs in both money and time, strongly suggest a
complete drain and refill was the way to go. Maybe still
It isn't in a pool store's interest to suggest this. They
don't make any money on the new water, only on the chemicals
they sell you to get the old water clear.
Most places, water is cheap. Maybe it shouldn't be that
way, but for the moment, water is cheap.