Hello... New to forum and pools too. Grandma with 7 grandkids (ages 7-13) that suddenly love to come to Grandma's house since there is a new pool in the backyard. LOTS of rain lately and the HTH method failed and suddenly had a pool full of pretty green water with baby mosquitos swimming in it. (Happened so fast!) Being a google freak helped and led me straight to TFP.
current approximate readings (sorry - only have HTH test strips right now until payday)
Have spent the last two days reading all your stickies and prior postings. Got some great help from Waterbearer last night. Used the pool calculator to find out I needed 31 oz. of bleach and dumped it in last night. Woke up this morning to a very clear pool. This morning the TA was high and the Ph was high, but everything else was within limits. This afternoon - the FC was 0 again. Added more bleach. I just read that the sunlight eats it... and I need to keep adding it. I also realize that I need to replace some of the water (varying opinions there about how much) to help get the Ph and TA back to normal. New filter, brush and vacuum today, more bleach tonight.... keep on doing it with patience... no problem. Also looks like I need to add muriatic acid... will do that. How long do we have to wait to swim after muriatic acid is added? Is it safe to swim before I do that? (not purchased yet.)
TODAY - It's 83 degrees outside and next 4 days in the low 90's... and I have 5 of the 7 grandkids here spending the night and they want to swim. The pool LOOKS clean... no bugs visible... but is it safe to swim yet? Does everything have to be in balance before you get back in the water? Are there time limits after adding BBB before you swim?
Thanking you in advance...