Hi all! I've done some research on this site for about a year. Last year I had someone come out and open the pool for me as I was working a lot and had just bought my home. This year I'm looking to open the pool myself. I did make a foolish error. In my working I never covered the pool and it is surrounded by trees. Now it's coming up on spring and my pool is just chock full of debris. I know that the first act of all of this will be cleaning all of the debris I can and scrubbing the walls, and vacuuming to get as much out of the pool as I can. The next part is where my questions start. I understand that CYA helps the pool maintain a chlorine level. I've also read that you need to have your pH in order before you shock, ideally. So here is my plan and the results of my tests. I measured my FC, CC, and CYA at 0. I used the TFP-100 test kit. Pool water under the label, reagent to the top of the label, filled the tube until I couldn't see the black dot (I saw the black dot the whole time). I did the test with the powder to test FC and CC and it didn't turn pink when I put the powder in. (The test kit says that means there's no chlorine) I used the pH test and came in around 7.5 to 7.8. TA measured at 30-40. Here's my plan-all of these numbers are based on the tfp calculator with it's suggestions. I know they aren't a guarantee and will test at each step. Put in 8 lbs of stabilizer to bring CYA to 42. This will lower pH to around 7. Add 13.5 lb of baking soda to increase TA to 73 and pH to 7.1. Add 55 oz of washing soda to bring pH to 7.5 and TA to 87. Add roughly 5 gallons of 8.5% bleach to bring FC to 17. Maintain the 17 testing as often as possible and adjusting as necessary until the pool is clear and the overnight loss is less than 1 ppm overnight. Then allow to return to normal levels and maintain around a 5FC to keep my pool clear.
Does this plan sound right- assuming all numbers test to the estimated numbers?
Any help will be greatly appreciated!
I forgot to mention it comes in right around 22.5K Gallons...that's pretty important.