Just bought a house with a pool and still trying to get the hang of things. I grew up with a vinyl pool but the old man took care of it mostly and now that I just purchase a new house I am getting my taste of what he went through taking care of it while I enjoyed the benefits of it. Hoping to do the same for my kids, but it's been quite a struggle so far. I opened the pool late last season not know much if anything about the pool besides that it needed lots of work. This season started out the same with the pool being such a swamp and green. Followed most of the awesome and great advice on this forum and it got me I think half way there at least. The issue I am having is that I have a bromine pool with a bromine feeder but will be converting it to a chlorine pool soon and hopefully renovating it.
I was able to get my pool from green to clear now using the SLAM process, and bought a Taylor k-2006 kit and tested it with these results:
FC = 5
PH = 7.0
TA = 70
CH = 390
CYA = < 10, when testing it I could see the black dot pretty easily so I assume I have no CYA in my pool
Using the pool calculator it seems I must add these things:
- 57 oz of soda ash
- 154 oz of baking soda (I assume buying two 5lb bags will take care of this)
- 88 oz of liquid stabilizer
My questions are:
1. What needs to be added first and get stable?
2. Is it bad to add any of the chemicals at the same time?
3. I still see some water bugs and backswimmers in the pool, does it mean I still have lingering algae when I don't see anything really? How do I get rid of these bugs?
4. After stabilizing my pool and getting everything straighten out, can I go back to using the non-chlorine shock treatment weekly should suffice?