I am panicking if I could get some of your amazing advice on what steps to take tonight or FIRST thing in the morning? Or what kind of time frame does it take for damage to be done to filter/pump or water? I'm brand new to the pool thing and I'm so scared that our pool is being damaged right now after spending 13k to get it rebuilt :/, so sorry if this seems full of stupid questions or common sense.
Our new salt water pool was completed and final chemical dump from pool guys on this past Thursday. On that day he walked me through everything (how to flush the filter, where we would need to put a vac mate, when to test, how to use the kit, and the best local store to buy our chemicals from)
-He advised he had put bags of salt into the pool & put some liquid chlorine into the pool as well. However, he left 2 more bags of salt he said I would need to add after the initial salt was able to filter through and turn to chlorine.
-He advised the local pool shop to go to that is knowledgeable and doesn't sell things that are unnecessary and told me to go in and put a deposit down and start getting my chemicals.
-He put DE (deatnacious earth) into the skimmer basket area after he taught me how to flush out the filter.
-We have a spa built into the pool as well so there are 2 valves attached to the filter/pump. The 2nd valve is slightly cocked to allow some water to filter into the spa so it doesn't remain stagnant when not being used.
---It rained all weekend here (which is uncommon in san diego so we had a VERY hot week with high sun and then rain all weekend). We have yet to use the pool and have guests in town that would like to if I could get this taken care of in the next few days???--
-Today (Monday) I tested the pool to see if we could add the 2 bags of salt; There is NO chlorine showing with my TF-100kit at all??
-CYA is only at 30!? I'm sure this is the main culprit but I'm worried about the immediate action to take to avoid damage to SWG and possibly long term chemical requirements to return it to normal?
-He said he added stabilizer as well and we would probably only have to add more about 1x year and should test for it 1x per month?!
-The lights on the Pentair SWG is showing red lights for "Low Flow" as well as "Low Salt", what do I do?
-All other tests are in the ideal range (PH 7.5-7.8, Alk: 80, Calcium: 300ppm)
*Should I immediately turn off the SWG?
*Is there anything else I can do tonight to make sure that things don't get damaged or stabilize the pool until I can get to the pool store tomorrow to put down our deposit and pickup our first set of chemicals?
*What is the best thing to pickup tomorrow to stabilize it and bring the chlorine level back up to a normal level?
*How long should it take to stabilize the pool on average? Do you think we will have to SLAM the pool?
I found a recommendation on one thread here to do an overnight FC Loss test so I will go ahead and do that just to verify that nothing has started to grow since it's possible this problem has been going on since friday . I'll update my post if I find that the morning test reveals any algae or problems with growth in the water as well as the chlorine and SWG red light issues.