Hi! I'm so grateful to have come across this forum. My husband and I purchased a house with a pool this past December. We opened it the first week of May, and found a green mess. The pool company that opened it had us dump in a bunch of chlorine, which got rid of the green, however we haven't been able to get the chemicals balanced and the water has since remained very cloudy and occasionally starts to turn greenish. (when this happens we add more chlorine per the pool company). I received my TF-100 test kit this morning and ran the tests. My results were:
FC: 5 ppm
CC: 1 ppm
CYA: <20 (the water filled the tube to the rim before the dot disappeared - is this 0?)
pH: 7.5 - 7.8 (the test was hard to read - maybe I should buy some test strips?)
Salt: 2620 ppm
The problem is that I am 100% new to owning a pool and have no idea where to go from here. I've tried using the pool calculator, but everything tells me that changing "X" will also change "Y". So my questions are:
1) Where do I start? In what order should I change the levels?
2) How long in between adding one chemical should I wait before adding another? And do I add until one parameter is within range, then work on getting the next parameter within range?
3) Do I test in between each chemical addition?
4) How long should I be running my pump and swg each day? Is there a formula I can use to calculate this?
I'm obviously a total noob and not sure if this even makes sense, so I really appreciate any and all advice you can offer!