Been the owner of this pool for about a week now and have been voraciously reading all the great info on this forum for several days. The previous owners had been renting the house for several years and the pool had been in various states of neglect. This year the pool did not get opened until July (about a week before we moved in) and I'm told the pool was pretty gnarly when it was opened. Owners had a pool company come in and open the pool up and it was nice and clear last weekend when we moved. We swam in the pool over the weekend and I noticed substantial cloudiness building up on Sunday. Intending on taking care of the pool myself, I ended up finding this forum and ordering a TF-100. FC came back 0, so I grabbed some bleach to see if I could get the pool to levels that would register on the kit just to make sure I was testing correctly.
Current numbers look like this:
FC = 1
CC = 6
pH = 7.2
TA = 150
CH = 240
CYA = 0
Seems pretty obvious that a SLAM is in order, I've tried to dose to shock levels (10-11ppm) twice now and something is eating the chlorine extremely quickly. Going to pick up bleach in bulk this evening and hopefully get this SLAM going properly. I work from home, so I can keep a close eye on the pool during the day. I also snagged some CYA and have it suspended in a sock in front of a return to get that up to acceptable levels as well. I'd really like to get this in a manageable state before this weekend because I'm going to be out of town next week, which I know makes things just that more complicated. I do have a tablet chlorinator that I can use in a pinch to stop it from diving off a cliff again while I'm gone if necessary. Our in-laws live around the corner as well, so I could always have them just add maintenance chlorine during the week.
I ordered some calcium chloride to deal with the CH, but I wasn't going to actually attempt to mess with that until after the chlorine levels are in order.
Does my plan make sense? I just wanted to get a sanity check since this is the first pool I've ever owned and wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything major or obvious when going about things.