Hi all! What a great forum. After spending more money on chemicals than I'd like to admit, I found your website. I am hoping we can get some help despite the inadequate test results from one of the color scale tests. We have received varying advice from pool store employees and friends as to how to get our pool ready to swim in; our water is still cloudyish, a little blue/green on the deep end, and our test results are not where they need to be according to the tests. Only our total chlorine is "OK" - and from the posting rules, you don't even ask for that.
I don't know if these can even be used by folks here, but here are the only values/results we have:
Total hardness: low
Total chlorine: OK
Free Chlorine: very low
Total alkalinity: low/very low
Stabilizer: very low
Don't have results for:
CC, CH, CYA
Water is clear enough that we can (finally!) see the bottom in the deep end, and the color is blueish - a light teal maybe. It has been this color for a few days now, but only today can we see the bottom in the deep end. We have seen the shallow end bottom for a few days. We shocked the pool (5 lbs of shock) last night.
There's a Leslie's that does free tests that I can go to tomorrow if I can't move forward without more complete results. The last results I have from them are from 8 days ago and there's been 4 inches of rain since then. (Hey, it helped get the pool water level back up after all the backwashing!). We won't be getting a decent test kit until July.
Thank you for your great forum!