First off, love the website. I have learned a lot just reading other posts.
We just bought a house with a pool this month. I have never owned a pool before and I am having trouble keeping my head above water. I don't think the previous owner took care of the pool during the month long closing process. When we moved in the pool had zero chlorine and dime to nickel sized black spots all over the bottom. Vacuuming took care of most of these, I believe it was some kind of algae?
Until now, my only source for info was the pool store down the street
My question is about closing. I have the cover on now so that no debris gets in the pool. But I am having trouble getting the chemicals in order. (Pool store keeps telling me to add this and that, ya right!)
I only have a simple tester from Kmart as I am waiting till closer to spring to buy a good test kit.
Right now the water is crystal clear, but my test set is telling me:
pH: 6.0 or less (The color is less than what the test kit goes to)
What do I need to do?
I shocked (granular) and added algaecide (unfortunately not polyquat 60%) to the pool last weekend like the pool store told me to , but after a week with the cover on constantly, shouldn't there be at least some FC in the pool? Filtration system is not running right now as I am trying to drain it below the skimmer.
FYI- I have been using 1" chlorine tabs in the water polishing system like the previous owner said he was doing. I want to switch to BBB.
Thanks for the help!