Okay so I'm a complete pool newbie owner.
We just bought a house and the prior owner decided to shut down the system before we moved in and I couldn't figure out how to get the pump running so it was clear with debris when we moved in
and then of course over the several days before I could get a pool guy out it turned and started growing algae but it never got cloudy..
anyways to make a long story short, I had a pool company come out and clean it and get it back up and running and everything looks fantastic except the couple of stains on the bottom that they insist will go away over time with proper care (yay for no permanent damage!).
I've been brushing daily, emptying skimmers probably every other day (the pool is really very clean and we don't have plants dropping stuff right now), and I switch back and forth between skimmers and pool vacuum based on where debris is in the pool is (or if any is even present).
My chemical test kit arrives tomorrow and is the Taylors K-2006 (probably overkill but it was on sale on amazon).
It's about a 10,000 gallon pool (might be a little more, but I'm estimating here - I'll do the serious math this weekend to get more precise).
Nice pentair whisper flow filter system - not sure on the HP but I'll figure that out this weekend too. It's running daily for 8 hours which the pool guy said would probably turn our pool close to 2 times per day and to keep it that way until the stains in the pool clear up.
It does have the chlorine tab container in the filter system which the pool guy said should use 2 tabs per week and to adjust the flow rate to make sure those fully dissolve within a week time period. I realize from reading on here that we don't want to stick with tabs, but that was probably good for us to start with since it took a couple days for the test kit to get shipped to us and for me to get my act together with all this.
So anyways, today I want to do a run to get chemicals so when I do my first test tomorrow afternoon I have the basics on hand to get going. So I'm going to go get bleach today instead of the pool tabs, and I'm wondering how many gallons I should have on hand for my first run.
I realize that how much I actually put in the pool will vary depending on readings, but should I be thinking 1-3 gallons of liquid bleach to have on hand or am I going to need way more than that?
Currently the water is clear, sparkly and blue tinted (yay!!).
Oh and I'm in Dallas, Texas so it's been mid 80's to upper 90's the last couple of weeks.