We just installed a new 24 round, 54 high, AG pool. Less than 5 days since the water was put in and the chemicals are already screwed up. Initially, the water test showed TH-1000, TC-0, FC-0, ph-low, TA-0, CA-0. I was going to use the BBB method and made the mistake of going to the pool place. Long story short, I put in 2 bags of shock and about a pound of stabilizer after I raised the alkalinity. The water is now testing as follows based on using AquaCheck test strips until the real test kit arrives.
Total Hardness -250 (ok)
Total Chlorine - 10 (high)
Free Chlorine - 10 (high)
pH - btw 7.2 - 7.8 (ok)
Total Alkalinity, 120 (ok)
CA - 30-50 (ok)
The pool is very clear, with some debris on the bottom (lovely cottonwood tree's). I have not vacuumed yet. I did a second check using half a glass of tap water, filled the remaining with pool water, swooshed it around and re-tested. It came back with half the initial value, and I multiplied that x2. Same result of TC and FC, both high.
My question is:
With the weather for the last 4 days of no sun, and the predicted weather of no sun for the next week, can I just monitor the water without emptying at least a third of the pool out? I know using the pool, along with lots of sun, that the chlorine burns off. I'm hoping that when it warms up, I can back wash and then refill with fresh water (we have a well). We are NOT using the pool because the temp is too cold (62 degrees). The heater won't be installed for at least 10 days, and I would really really hate to empty out this pool. I have been running the pump about 4 hours a day so far.
After I get this straightened out, I will definitely use the BBB method. I just didn't feel confident enough to start. Any suggestions???