New to us pool with very high CYA yikes!
Hi! You all have been a wealth of knowledge so far. My neighbor told me about the BBB method to keep her pool clean and I have been learning from old threads.
We moved to this house around the end of last summer so really didn't experiment with the pool much. It was professionally closed and all seemed fine. I took the cover off a few days ago and was pleseantly surprised. Slight alge and a little cloudiness. I have used bleach to clear up the alge but cannot get rid of the cloudiness. We did have our laterals and stand replaced in filter as they were cracked. Also had sand changed.
I know I need to order the correct test kit and plan to do so ASAP. Per the test strips (I know I know! Awful and inaccurate but it's all I have) My PH is ok but FC is over 10 (high as the strip goes) and "stablizer appears to be in the 200s (not as dark as the darkest on my strip which is 240) I'm pretty sure previous owner was using dichlor as we found a lot of it in our barn. I'm guessing a partial drain is in order?
My husband thinks I'm nuts and need to have the pool company come back but I don't want to be reliant on them. I've also heard horror stories of the things they tell people.
So my questions are..
Begin the partial drain or wait for the test kit to confirm actual CYA then drain?
Can I do a few smaller drains or is that pointless? We would be refilling with well water and our well also supplies all our cattle waterers. I don't want to put too much of a strain on the well pump and not be able for the animals to all have water.