My name is Tracey. I have been back and forth between this site and PoolSolutions for several days, reading and trying to learn as much as I can.
I have had my pool (approx 8200 gal above ground) since 2006 and always relied on the pool store to tell me what to do and it always seemed like I was buying one chemical after another. I decided to try it myself this year. I'm off to a very rocky start.
Using test strips and AquaChem website, somehow I ended up with CYA through the roof. I am trying to drain but can only drain a little at a time by backwashing and vacuuming to waste. After 2 days it looks as if my test strips are still reading around 100 on CYA. I plan to drain more this weekend.
My water was crystal clear during the first 2 days of draining and my chlorine levels were also off the charts on the strip, so I did not add any during this time. I have also decided I'd like to try BBB. I added one gallon of bleach last night thinking the water wasn't looking as clear and the chlorine levels appeared to be coming down.
I am also concerned about the effectiveness with the CYA so high. My water looks worse today and maybe a little green around the liner so I panicked and added 2 more gallons of bleach tonight. I really have no idea what I am doing and I know I need an accurate testing kit so I ordered the Taylor k2006 kit tonight. Don't know how long it will take to get here, but I will gladly take any advice until then.