tl;dr What chemicals do we need to do weekly to keep a "healthy" pool?
Okay so for starters. Me and my family just purchased a new home with a Pool. Owners stated they have not drained it in over 5 years so we figured we should prep for summer and get it drained. Had someone come out to do the work as for we don't know what exactly to do. Drained it, filled it, cleaned the filters, balanced the chemicals then he slapped us on the butt and said GOOD LUCK!
Now it just comes down to us maintaining the pool. We net the pool everyday. Manually vacuum it every 3 days or so (While having an automatic vacuum run for 5 hours each day). Main thing we need to understand is the chemicals we putt into the pool.
We have a little test kit that checks only the Chlorine and PH. From my understanding they're both fine. Chlorine is a tad bit high and color is a tad darker than the highest on the test kit. PH is 7.4 roughly. So now what do we have to do each week? If the Chlorine is still high I assume we just skip adding Chlorine until it falls a bit lower? We have a Floater we throw a Chlorine tablet in the pool as well. Currently have it out of the pool until the Chlorine level drops a bit.
What else should we do? Say if next week we test the pool and Both are fine. Do we just skip adding chems that week? Or if PH is low and chlorine is fine vise/versa. Any info is greatly appreciated. Give us a run down on what we should do if one falls low/too high etc. We want to be set and know exactly what to do when to do it!