Yesterday was finally the day where the PB came to clean the pool after concrete was poured. Up until then the pool has sat with water below the skimmer non-circulating since 8/27. With advice here, I added bleach daily, swept and ran a sump pump to try to keep water issues to a minimum. It was a mess and I was worried about how long it would take to clean up since it was so dirty. The kids have been dying to swim and the season is quickly coming to an end here.
PB gave me test strips and said to take the water to the test store. Told me he wasn't very good at balancing the chemicals. I told him about this site and pool math and he just looked at me in shock! I told him he should send all new clients this way!
Anyway, I just wanted to share this picture....less than 24 hours after he was here. I swept 2 more times after he left yesterday and have been adding chlorine bleach and and muratic acid. The ph was astronomical because of all the concrete that had been sitting in the water. I still need to add some stabilizer as it tested at 0 and it will be here tomorrow (I'll use the skimmer sock method). I added 2 pucks to the in-line chlorinator but don't plan to use that unless we are away from the pool.
It really is true that you forget all the pool building worries once you see that sparkle! So glad I found this site!