Hello everyone. I bought my first home and became a pool owner a few months ago. I never had very clear pool and I never was able to maintain it well. I got some bad and expensive advice. Now the pool is turning green fast. I am working methodically to fix it.
Four months ago, CYA was 110 (and a month later 100 as per Leslie test). They asked me to shock regular with their expensive shock which I did. They said I could drain but they advised against it because of the drought here in california. I realized later that their chlorine was increasing the CYA and I shouldn't have used it. I bought 200$ worth of chemical and then some and never got it right. I am over this and I am ready to do it the right way.
Now I have more information reading this forum and I have made some changes and have a plan. I want to make sure that I am doing it right this time.
I ended up draining my pool and I believe my CYA would be around 60 now (I live in California but I still drained the water into my drying lawn. I use very little water and very careful otherwise and so I think it is okay one time). I am waiting for the CYA test kit to arrive this week and I will be sure.
I bought Taylor K-1004-6 test kit couple of months ago. I think it is good for regular maintenance but I need a better one to slam the pool. I bought K-1515-A online this morning from taylortechnologies and I am hoping that it will arrive soon.
I have tested my PH and it is 7.2. Alkalinity is 130 (It was 7.8 and 200 and I brought it down). I am buying 10% concentrate liquid chlorine from home depot (2gallons for I think $6.89). I have read through the slamming process. I will put the prescribed chlorine in the pool, regular check and maintain until the pool is clear. I will read that up again to make sure I am not missing anything.
Can you please advice if I am missing something? It will be very disappointing if it does not work this time.
I have a question on what I should be doing until I start the slamming process. I don't know when I will receive all the test kits. Should I continue to add chlorine as much as possible until the real slam?
Thanks a lot for your time and help in advance.