After one of the mildest winters in Arkansas in some years, I'm going ahead and getting my pool in shape now. I did NOT close the pool this winter opting to run the system when temperatures were near freezing this winter. No problems with the circulation system as I open up.
First readings today:
No chlorine found (no surprise there - I did put a bottle or two of bleach in the pool throughout the winter..)
CYA: nothing detected
PH: near (perhaps just above) 7.2
Note: we have dogs - Labradore Retrievers - so we try not to hit the pool with too many chemicals because they will always drink pool water. This has not been a problem during pool maintenance since we used the BBB method, our pool has looked great!
At present, because the dogs have swam in the pool most of the winter, there is a good amount of dirt in the pool. I have been working on getting that out (with our Dolphin). When that job is done, I'd like to get the water balanced. That leads to the following questions:
1) While I'll keep an eye on the PH, since it is just above 7.2 (and given there is considerable rain in our 10 day forecast), is this PH good enough for now?
2) When I do start working on the Chlorine, am I right in thinking I should SLAM? I'm wondering if I should work on the CYA first though.....
3) When jobs 1 and 2 are done, would that be the right time to adjust the TA?