Hi folks, new to the site, new to pools.
Installed a Intex 18x48 metal frame last weekend. Filling with well water was completed about 3 days ago. I am installing an outdoor electrical outlet for the pool pump but the ridiculous amount of rain we are having in Oklahoma is filling my trench with mud for the third time. It will be several more days before the pump is running. So I have a 6300 gallon bag of water sitting in the yard and no way to circulate it!
I am adding bleach and removing debri daily. The water is clear. I could use some advice on how to proceed.
Here are my numbers followed by some questions. Testing is with Walmart's HTH 5-way drop kit:
CL 1-2ppm (this morning before adding any bleach for the day)
PH 5.5 (this might explain why my copper plumbing in the house is eroding and springing leaks)
temp 75 deg f.
pool volume 6423 gallons
region: Oklahoma, normally hot by now but not yet...
1) Obviously, I must bring all of my numbers up. I have the BBB chemicals and CYA. The consensus seems to be that the pump should be running when adding chemicals. Should I keep adding only bleach and wait until the pump is operational before adding anything else?
2) When I do start adding the other chemicals, what should I start bringing up first or does it matter? CYA first?
3) Regarding PH, since PH and TA are both low and related, should I add soda ash until one of the numbers is corrected then switch chemicals to bring the other the rest of the way up?
The water has not changed color since adding bleach so perhaps I will not have a metals problem with the well water...
thanks in advance for any advice or comments,
Bethel Acres, Oklahoma