This is my first season running my 15x30 oval above ground vinyl pool after getting it installed very late in the season last year. I opened it and had a minor algae breakout, but have been able to get that under control and my water has been crystal clear for a couple of weeks now. However, I am concerned about my pH. I have ordered the Taylor's test kit (should arrive Monday) but have been using test strips for the past week. Even with two different brands of strips, I can not tell if my pH is 6.8 or 7.8.
I know 6.8 is bad for my pool (including my newly installed heater), but I do not want to just dump chemicals and end up with a sky high pH. Thus, my question is this....can I afford to wait until Monday (or Tuesday) to deal with my pH or should I go to Walmart and get their cheap drop test and deal with the pH over the weekend?