Set up our first pool about 2 weeks ago, and until today had been using the test strips that came with the pool. So I got the TF100 kit this week and just ran all of the tests. I'm a little confused/concerned about the chlorine level.
I have note added any chemicals to the pool (SWG) with the exception of about 2 pounds of CYA last weekend. I have only been running the SWG 5 hours a night because according to the strips the chlorine level was okay. Coincidentally, the pump didn't run at all last night because I unplugged it when we were having some really bad lightning then forgot to plug it back in.
What would cause the chlorine to be so high, and what should I do about it? How about the alkalinity--should I be working on bringing that down?
One other question--I see in Pool School that I should run my pump at least 8 hours a day--I'm assuming that I do not need to run the SWG for the full 8 hours, correct? Based on my chlorine level at the moment I would assume I need to run it even less that I already am.