Don't mean to double post because I put these results in my thread where I introduced myself but I figured it was more appropriate here. My Taylor K-2006 test kit arrived today and after going through the instructions and doing the tests, my results look really abysmal. Ironically since I started adding 1 bottle of bleach per day prior to receiving the test kit my water has actually improved but it still looks like everything is way off. I double checked to make sure I was doing the tests correctly and it appears my water chemistry is just really out of wack, here are my initial results:
Chlorine - the water did not turn pink after adding the DPD powder so I could not continue with the FC and CC portions of the test, does this mean my pool has 0 PPM Chlorine? I have been adding 1 bottle of bleach per night since Sunday, but I have also been finding piles of dead algae that has been whirlpooled to the center of the pool.
PH - Registered less than 7.0 PPM, the scale on the large test cylinder only goes as low as 7.0 and my pH test showed an even lighter shade than what was listed
TA - 30ppm
CYA - the black dot did not dissapear, the solution only became slightly cloud but not enough for the dot to dissapear in the amount of space in the tube, does this indicate extremely low CYA?
CH - 90ppm
So, where do I start? I've been reading pool school and checking the "recommended levels", but I am still unsure if I should start with correcting the pH or shock the pool first or do them simultaneously? It also looks like I really need to add CYA.
Thanks for the help!