I just dumped, scrubbed & refilled our pop up pool after it went green while on vacation.
I used no cleaners when I dumped the pool, only clear water and a shop vac
I added 4 oz algeacide, and 1 lb shock. (I am now wondering if that was way too much given the size of our pool.)
I did a strip test from hth that evening:
it was a bit foamy, I think from residual algae, as I could not get it perfectly scrubbed.
I ran the the pump with the filter I cleaned in the sink.
Pool clearer, not hazy
I put a 1 1/2 tabs chlorine in floater. Added 8 oz stabilizer.
Filter still running. Later I my MIL brought me her oto kit and new chemicals.
Chlorine was off the chart ( I thought) bright yellow.
Ph was about 7.2 a pale pink.
I decided to pull the floater ou for the night.
I added 2 Tbs of spa sodium bicarbonate 100%. (also from MIL)
That pretty much did nothing.
DAY 3: Today
I was able to buy a few pool supplies but could not find a full test kit. I bought strips for now, because I was worried I overstabilized. I replaced the filter, since to old one was probably full of algae and I vacuumed with a garden hose powered thingy.
My test shows ph is still 7.2, chlorine still high on oto test it shows bright yellow. I didn't learn until today that it turned orange and brown :s
My new strips read:
Total chlorine 10+
PH 7.2. TA 80
I added 4 tablespoons of the spa ph +, and replaced the floater.
I closed the openings most of the way.
I did an oto test that was similar in the evening.
Am I supposed to shock because 1/2 my chlorine is combined?
Should I even worry about raising the ph? I would rather let the kids splash it up when its safe.
Did I over shock? Over stabilize?
Is there a decent drop test for less than the $60 for the 2006?
I know its just a pop up but I would like to graduate to a larger pool someday
Thanks for advise, I have already learned some of my mistakes so far, as I began reading only the night of day 2.
My MIL says to take water to the pool store for full tests, but I want a kit.
Only problem is that the mire info I get, the more befuddling it becomes!