After being pretty frustrated with my pool company, I decided to order a test kit and it came today. Here are the results:
Sodium Chloride: 3000
I know I need to change these numbers and have a pretty good idea of what needs to be done after reading the entire school article library. As to the condition of my pool currently: I've just noticed some algea, green with a yellowish tint at the bottom of my pool. Not sure how long it's been there because my pool has a very dark, almost black pebble tech surface. l also noticed a black spot in the deep end if the pool, about the size of a small plate, but not sure what it is-an irregularity in the pepple tech perhaps? Also have an elevated stone covered spa where some scaling appears to be forming near the waterfall that pours back into the pool. The water is clear and I've "boosted" my pool for the last three days while I waited for the test kit. Let me know if you need any more info and I'll be happy to provide it.
So my questions are:
1) Which steps do I take first? I'm guessing shock-but then what?
2) How much bleach do you think I need to purchase, want to avoid going back and forth to the store. I suspect it will be 6%. BTW, I saw some "outdoor" bleach at Home Depot, but it did not specify the percent. Does anyone know if this is an alternative and if so, how much would I need? It was about a dollar more than the 6% concentrate.
Here's a twist, having a pool party on Thursday for my daughters' birthday...can I get this done by then?